Aided by one extra day in the holiday shopping season, retail spending between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 rose an estimated 3.6% compared with a year earlier, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report.

SpendingPulse is an estimate of all national retail and service sales based on aggregate sales activity within the MasterCard payments network. MasterCard Advisors is a consulting firm owned by MasterCard Inc.

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