NEW YORK — Only 29% of consumer products executives said they are optimistic about the U.S. economy over the next 12 months, a drop of 24 points from 53% the prior quarter, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Consumer Products Barometer. Also gauged in the third quarter of 2007 was optimism about the world economy over the next 12 months. Half of those surveyed had optimistic projections in the third quarter, while 63% were optimistic when asked in the previous quarter. “The drop-off in ...

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