Consumer spending this holiday season should improve with fewer consumers saying they will spend...

|By:, SA News Editor

Consumer spending this holiday season should improve with fewer consumers saying they will spend less this year than last, according to a survey from NPD Group. The distraction of the national election to consumers and the media is teed up as an excuse for a late start to the buying season. Also, a slightly lower percentage of shoppers say they will run to discount stores such as Wal-Mart (WMT +0.1%), Target (TGT -0.1%), and Kmart (SHLD -0.1%) - while there is a slight uptick in those indicating they will hit off-price retailers such as TJMaxx (TJX), Marshalls, and Ross Stores (ROST -0.2%).