Spending blues likely will persist through holidays

PORT WASHINGTON N.Y. The holiday season, which starts in earnest this week, may not get any merrier for restaurants.

Anew study reveals that consumers are still hesitant to spend during this time of year, when independent and chain restaurants alike typically benefit from family gatherings and holiday shopping trips.

The survey, released Wednesday by market research firm The NPD Group Inc., also shows that consumers still plan to reduce spending on

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