NEW YORK ( DailyFinance) -- Investors could be getting an extra sweet Valentine's Day gift this year: A gift basket of stocks primed to prosper, thanks to the projected $18.6 billion in sales the holiday is expected to generate. That would represent a 5.8% jump over last year. The boost in Valentine's Day sales is part of the larger positive economic trend developing in the first quarter of 2011. IBISWorld retail industry analyst Nikoleta Panteva says a number of retail companies are likely to benefit from the recent surge in consumer spending. "People are just ready to spend because consumer confidence is up," Panteva says, noting that luxury spending is also up and is becoming a strong fuel for of retail sales.
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