NEW ORLEANS -- While retailers here and in other Gulf Coast regions assess the impact of Hurricane Katrina on their businesses, consumers all over the U.S. are likely to feel some of the impact in coming weeks in rising commodity prices, analysts said. In addition, gasoline prices -- already near record highs -- spiked in many areas in the days following the storm, based on the shutdown of oil-processing facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Following are some of the ways that the storm ...
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