MIAMI (FNS) -- Retailers here, and throughout central and south Florida, braced for Hurricane Georges last week after it caused widespread damage in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Florida operators were reporting heavy sales of canned goods and other staples and were stocking up to prepare for an expected peak in demand following the storm. At least 100 people were dead on the islands and Puerto Rico sustained $1 billion in damage by Thursday, when the storm was over Cuba. ...

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