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Retailers, consumers and prices

Check Out Line: No tax = more shopping


rulersCheck out the tax-free shopping spree.

Many states that levy sales tax on clothing offer a short break on the tax in the summer, which, in turn, spurs back-to-school shopping.

Ten states, including Virginia, offered shoppers a chance to buy tax-free last weekend, with most states offering a tax break on clothing up to $100 per item, FBR Capital Markets noted in a new report.

Their analysts saw “some of the strongest” surges this year in customers visiting stores and buying.

FBR Capital Markets said Aeropostale and Gap’s Old Navy were among the few stores it saw actually advertising the three-day discount.  Others hoped to benefit from word-of-mouth.