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Valentine's Day: It'll Cost You

Valentine’s Day spending is expected to hit $17.6 billion this year, the highest ever. Below, a look behind the prices of some popular treats. Hint for bargain hunters: You may want to skip the roses. Retail prices rise as much as 200 percent in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day.

Art by Brianna Harden. Data: NRF, SAF, ARS, California Strawberry Comm, U.S. Champagne Bureau, Sherry-Lehman, Rapaport,, Maine Import Export Lobster Dlrs Assn.
Philips is an associate editor for Bloomberg Businessweek in Washington. Follow him on Twitter @matthewaphilips.

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