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Singles' Day paints bright but hazy picture of Chinese spending

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SHANGHAI -- Chinese e-tailers' sales this Friday -- "Singles' Day" -- could hint at coming shifts in the nation's consumer spending and the overall economy. But one day or data point rarely tells the whole story, as bricks-and-mortar sellers left behind by online commerce show.

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