ARE SHOPPERS JOLLY, WARY? CONFIDENCE STUDIES DIFFER

NEW YORK -- Two recent surveys portray oddly different views of consumer attitudes on the eve of the holiday season.ny time in the past year, as many expressed doubts about present and future business conditions and their ability to find new jobs.In contrast, another study found consumers saying their holiday season won't be spoiled by the decrease in the price of technology stocks or the increase

NEW YORK -- Two recent surveys portray oddly different views of consumer attitudes on the eve of the holiday season.

ny time in the past year, as many expressed doubts about present and future business conditions and their ability to find new jobs.

In contrast, another study found consumers saying their holiday season won't be spoiled by the decrease in the price of technology stocks or the increase in the price of gas.

According to the 15th annual Consumer and Retaile

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