COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The current economic downturn will result in lowered sales growth for all retail sectors, according to analysts with Retail Forward here. However, the analysts also noted that supermarkets and mass merchandisers will be the least affected categories. Ira Kalish, consultant with Retail Forward, a spinoff consulting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers here, noted that the state of the economy, coupled with the tragic events of Sept. 11, will result in an average fourth-quarter ...

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