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Chinese tourists' spending in the U.S. takes off

Chinese tourists' spending in the U.S. takes off

Minutes after arriving by bus at an outlet mall in Cabazon, a dozen or so Chinese tourists hustled out to buy luggage that they planned to stuff with high-end clothes, shoes and bags. But not Guoshing Cui, a Samsung supervisor from Guangzhou. He made a beeline for the Coach store, where he picked out three expensive handbags. He paid more than $800 from a wad of $100 bills. The bags were gifts for family and friends in China, where Coach goods sell for two to three times the price in the U.S. "It's a smart move," he said of his purchases. That kind of power shopping has made the Chinese tourist the highest-spending overseas visitor to the U.S. and one of the most...

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