Monday Miscellany

* Despite vows to eliminate debt, consumers’ credit-card balances averaged $8,083 in the third quarter, vs. $7,489 in the second quarter. (Synovate)

* Women are the “primary shoppers” for food and non-food products in 75 percent of households. (Mediamark Research & Intelligence)

* Anti-smoking progress has “stalled,” with 20.6 percent of adults identifying themselves as smokers in 2008, virtually unchanged from 20.9 percent in 2004. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

* Forty-nine percent of online respondents said they use the Internet to check sports scores. (Burst Media)