Consumer Reports: Holiday shopping poll

Tod Marks is the senior editor and resident shopping expert for Consumer Reports, a magazine known for its ratings of products and services and for its consumer investigations. Each week on The News Now, Consumer Reports showcases a unique mix of expert, independent product testing, survey research, investigative journalism and consumer advocacy.

Monday, Marks discussed Consumer Report's latest Holiday Shopping Poll. Marks said shoppers are spending less this year, averaging $679, down $20 from last year. Despite cautious spending plans, he said consumers remain generally optimistic, and half of all adults are still enthusiastic about the holiday season. The full results of the poll are available at

Thursday on The News Now, Greg Daugherty, executive editor of Consumer Reports will discuss last-minute holiday shopping habits.

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