BENTONVILLE, Ark. — With Christmas still nearly three months away, consumers are deciding how to allocate holiday spending in an economically stressed season, according to a phone survey conducted in mid-September on behalf of Wal-Mart Stores here. According to the survey, 39% of respondents said they plan to purchase less expensive items to deal with the weakened economy and 35% said they would purchase gifts for fewer people this year. Although 61% of respondents said they do not plan to ...

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