ECONOMY, STRIKES DAMPEN COMPANY PERFORMANCE

The second half of 2003 was not pretty in terms of the industry's financial results, and the first half of this year isn't likely to win any beauty contests either, industry analysts told SN.Of the top 10 publicly traded chains, two experienced overall sales declines for the period approximating the last six months of calendar 2003; six experienced negative comparable-store sales in at least one of

The second half of 2003 was not pretty in terms of the industry's financial results, and the first half of this year isn't likely to win any beauty contests either, industry analysts told SN.

Of the top 10 publicly traded chains, two experienced overall sales declines for the period approximating the last six months of calendar 2003; six experienced negative comparable-store sales in at least one of the two quarters; and six experienced declines in operating profits, including two wit

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