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Retailers, transportation officials expecting crowds for tax free back-to-school shopping

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ATLANTA — Georgia retail officials say an upcoming sales tax holiday is meant to offer shoppers back-to-school savings.

Georgia Retail Association spokesman James Miller said in a statement that sales taxes are being dropped from back-to-school goods including clothes and shoes worth less than $100, computers, school supplies and more. Georgia's sales tax holiday runs from July 31 to Aug. 1.

Georgia Retail Association officials say families in the state spend an average of more than $600 on clothes, shoes, supplies, electronics and other items as children head back to school.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials also said in a statement that construction-related lane closures near shopping centers will be put on hold to accommodate extra traffic during the tax holiday weekend.

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