NEW ORLEANS — Retailers in the Louisiana Gulf region said they're counting on diehard oyster lovers to swallow price increases of as much as 30% during the season when oysters are sought after by cooks who consider them essential for holiday dishes. Retailers said they expected to sell just as many Gulf oysters this year as they normally do in spite of the price hikes. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the oyster beds on the Louisiana and Texas coasts, cutting deeply into the supply just ...

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