WASHINGTON — Consumers might be a little more willing to spend on discretionary items this holiday season, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation here. The survey, conducted among 8,767 consumers Oct. 5-12 by BIGresearch, Worthington, Ohio, projected average consumer spending of $688.87 this year, vs. average spending of $681.83 last year. The survey found that 61.7% of shoppers said the economy would impact their spending, down from 65.3% who said that a ...

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