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Chinese bringing fortune to Asian neighbors

Crowds throng a store in Shanghai, shopping for gifts ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.

SHANGHAI -- The weeklong Lunar New Year holiday in China usually brings with it a wave of consumer spending, fueled by the bonuses offered by many companies. But this year, much of the surge looks likely to be siphoned into Japan and other parts of Asia as higher incomes and looser visa requirements encourage travel.

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