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Forbes reports that the Conference Board says that its “consumer confidence index rose to 45.4 in September, compared to 45.2 in August,” while “consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions fell for a fifth straight month, to 32.5 in September from 34.3 in August. reports that Key Food is opening a new format on Staten Island and Queens - Fresh n’ Save Marketplace, described as being both affordable and convenient and filling a void that has existed since King Kullen left the market early last year.

• According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey conducted by BIGresearch, seven in 10 Americans (68.6%) plan to celebrate Halloween, up from 63.8 percent last year and the most in NRF’s 10-year survey history. Those celebrating are expected to spend slightly more too; the average person will shell out $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy, up from $66.28 last year. Total Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion.
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