NEW YORK -- The atrocities of Sept. 11 aggravated pre-existing fears about the economy and sent consumer confidence to its worst decline in nearly 11 years. The Conference Board reported that responses before the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon mirrored those from before. Economists and retail analysts said the attacks only heightened consumers' worries, though they said more data is needed to ascertain the financial hit and judge how far back it sent the retail industry from ...

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