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Posted inCity News

City and Community Support for Local Businesses May Not Be Enough

Reporting on the coronavirus crisis nationwide, the New York Times’ top headline read “Sales at U.S. Stores Hit ‘Catastrophic’ Depths” and subhead “Retailers Fear Any Rebound Is Too Far Off.” The U.S. Commerce Department reported that total sales in the U.S. – money spent on retail purchases, dining, etc. – declined 8.7% in a month. […]