THE SUCCESS OF THE banking industry bailouts are sure to reverberate in Charlotte, N.C., which after years of rapid growth fueled in large part by financial giants like Wachovia and Bank of America, has been shaken and slowed by the economic meltdown. But that news, observers said, may not be all bad for food retailers, as belt-tightening sparks more shopping and entertaining at home, and other government stimulus plans — such as additional allocations for food-stamp users — provide a ...

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