Gloomy Days Ahead for Retailers
Congress probably wasn't thinking about food last winter when it voted to send stimulus checks to 130 million U.S. households. President George W. Bush and other leaders hoped the package, amounting to more than $100 billion, would grease the wheels for broad consumer spending, thus lessening the severity of housing's collapse. "The growth package has to be big enough to make a difference in an economy as large and dynamic as ours," Bush said.
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