PHOENIX — Sober-faced food retailers throughout the economically hard-hit Southwest are preparing for softer sales and an uncertain future as they move into the normally busy holiday season, top executives said. Retailers in the region expect a lean and not-so-abundantly green — as in dollars spent — Thanksgiving and Christmas season in what could be the worst economic times since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Several veteran food executives said they will focus on providing the ...

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