The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index inches up to -33 from -33.1 previously. Still low by historical standards (avg. of -15.8), the index is 17 points better than last year's holiday season kickoff. Maybe more importantly, the size of the sharp advance in the 3 months leading to Black Friday was bested only in 2006. The only other year to come close was 1996 (survey goes back to 1986).