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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.

VIDEO: Black Friday brawl at Ellijay Walmart

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.

Where can I buy a Christmas tree near Lake Lanier?

Where can I buy a Christmas tree near Lake Lanier?

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 near Lake Lanier?


CommunityWalk Map - Where to buy a Christmas tree near Lake Lanier

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

National BBQ Cup Competition

National BBQ Cup Competition
The National BBQ Cup is this Weekend

The National BBQ Cup to be the Largest KCBS Contest Ever in Georgia

 

Cumming, GA, November 16, 2011 – The National BBQ Cup will be held this weekend, Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming, GA.


It's much more than just BBQ too.  Lots of entertainment & fun.  Read more for details ...

Kids in Costume Eat Free for Halloween in Cumming GA

Kids in Costume Eat Free for Halloween in Cumming GA

Over the Halloween weekend, there are a few places in Cumming to snag a free meal … or two!

So plan ahead and save a lot this weekend.   Read More ...

Someone in Georgia could become a millionaire

Someone in Georgia could become a millionaire

ATLANTA -- Saturday's Powerball drawing could net one person an estimated $105 million.

Powerball tickets are $1 each.

Winners receive two payment options -- a cash option of about $65 million or the jackpot paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments.

The largest Powerball jackpot in history was $365 million, paid to a Nebraska winner on Feb. 18, 2006.

Georgia Lottery

Coca-Cola Freestyle coming to Five Guys

Coca-Cola Freestyle coming to Five Guys

ATLANTA -- Five Guys has become the largest restaurant chain to sign up for the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser system.

The burger chain will begin installing two Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains in all company-owned restaurant locations across the country next month.

Five Guys has about 875 restaurants across the United States and Canada. It began testing Coke's Freestyle system in the Atlanta market, home to 24 of its restaurant locations, in 2010.

The touch screen-operated Freestyle lets consumers create their own personal and customized drinks, dispensing more than 100 sparkling and still beverage brands from one machine.

Firehouse Subs also recently adopted the Freestyle for its restaurants.