There's No Backing Down Now

Don't look for cheer at Pluto's Internacional toy store in Crdoba, an industrial city in central Argentina. Sales have dropped 50% since March when the cash-strapped provincial government stopped paying its workers. "We depend on public employees," says manager Pedro Pineiro. "And they don't have any money." Even Children's Day on Aug. 13, normally a retail bonanza rivaling Christmas, couldn't lift his spirits.

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