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By Thomas Olson
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Consumers in Western Pennsylvania are more likely to make home improvements in 2013, as well as take a vacation next year, than consumers in the Midwest, a survey released Tuesday shows.

Huntington Bank's first consumer survey of its markets from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis also showed about 70 percent of people planned to spend at least as much on holiday gifts as last year, with current spending plans averaging $959.

About 53 percent of Western Pennsylvania consumers will make home improvements next year, versus 52 percent across the bank's five Midwest markets.

About 77 percent of Western Pennsylvania consumers will go on vacation in 2013, versus 75 percent across the Midwest.

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