NEW ORLEANS -- Manufacturers and analysts expect Hurricane Katrina to have no near-term impact on retail food prices, even as the disaster has pushed up already-high energy prices. At the same time, industry watchers cautioned that it's too soon to determine Katrina's full impact, given rising energy prices, incomplete information on crop damage, and uncertainty about transportation availability. "Companies in the short term don't expect to see a change in prices," said Stephanie Childs, a ...
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