By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
U.S. consumers are in an upbeat mood and are preparing to spend more this holiday season than last year's, providing a badly needed boost to the economy. But headwinds from the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy and the year-end political storm brewing in Washington could put a damper on their shopping spree, analysts say.
David Hargreaves, chief operating officer at Hasbro Inc., the leading toymaker, was one of many business leaders who say signs point to healthy Christmas sales.