Consumers Need A Bigger Slice Of The Pie

"The next downturn" (Cover Story, Oct. 9) is right on target. And the reason seems as simple as one plus one yields two. Directly or indirectly, any company depends on the final consumer, the average guy standing on the corner, for its survival. Boeing Co. depends on lease companies that depend on airlines that depend on passengers. Microsoft Corp. either depends on computer makers that depend on corporate customers that ultimately depend on consumers or it depends on consumers straightaway.

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