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Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U. S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps. Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, is a boon for retailers in the Middle East, South Asia and beyond. And while some Muslims welcome it as a positive sign, others see it as commercialization of a sacred time of year. Intended to be a monthlong spiritual cleansing, Ramadan — which ends this is...

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