Top industry executives are mostly downbeat about the national economy — but upbeat about their own prospects through the second half of 2012. “When 18 million Americans still are not working, I see no leadership in Washington from either party to create jobs,” Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif., told SN. “People there are too preoccupied by the election and less about helping Americans get back to ...

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