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First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale at Pike Nurseries

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale at Pike Nurseries

DULUTH, Ga. -- Fresh Christmas trees have arrived at Pike Nurseries, and they're being sold for a great price.

The Duluth-based chain of nurseries is offering seven-foot, hand-cut Christmas trees from North Carolina for only $29.99. The trees were carefully carried, not dragged, out of their forests.

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Pike Nurseries is also offering a special Yuletide package -- a Fraser Fir tree, 24-inch mixed wreath and two poinsettias for $59.99.

Pike Nurseries locations include:

Acworth
* 3602 Cobb Parkway

Alpharetta
* 2955 Holcomb Bridge Road

Where can I buy a Christmas tree in North Atlanta?

Where can I buy a Christmas tree in North Atlanta?

ATLANTA -- The Christmas shopping and decorating season is in full swing, and many Metro Atlanta families have begun searching for the perfect Christmas tree.

So where's the best place to find a live tree in North Atlanta?

DEALCHICKEN: $69.99 for $167 from Omaha Steaks

DEALCHICKEN: $69.99 for $167 from Omaha Steaks

ATLANTA -- Omaha Steaks is legendary for its gourmet beef, which is a must-have for the holidays.

Fortunately, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal can help members pay much less for a delicious package of top-of-the-line meats and sides.

Pay only $69.99 for a $167 Perfect Pleasers Pack, filled with four filet mignons, four boneless pork chops, eight Omaha Steak burgers, eight servings of potatoes au gratin and four caramel apple tartlets.

If this package doesn't appeal to you, don't worry -- there are five other options created especially for DealChicken members. To further sweeten the deal, shipping is free on all of them.

Get Together Pack
$49.99 for $114

Four top sirloins, four boneless pork chops, six Omaha Steak burgers, four stuffed baked potatoes

'Wicked' author to speak in Atlanta

'Wicked' author to speak in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of the Wicked series, will speak at two locations in Atlanta this weekend.

Maguire recently published Out of Oz, the final volume in a Wizard of Oz-inspired series that has infiltrated popular culture in so many ways, including a Broadway smash hit.

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DEALCHICKEN: $5 for $11 at Highland Pet Supply

DEALCHICKEN: $5 for $11 at Highland Pet Supply

ATLANTA -- If there's a dirty dog in your house, Tuesday's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

For today only, DealChicken members can take advantage of an $11 self-service dog wash at Highland Pet Supply for only $5. This squeaky clean deal includes everything you'll need to scrub Spot -- shampoo, conditioner, grooming tools, towel, smock and blow-dryer -- without destroying your bathroom.

The $5 for $11 deal is good for small breeds; for the larger dog in your life, this deal expands into $10 for a $20 wash. Both offers expire on Apr. 25, 2012.

Highland Pet Supply is located at 1186 North Highland Avenue in Atlanta's Virginia-Highland neighborhood.