NEW YORK — The economy will gradually pick up steam throughout 2008, and — despite a very slow start — might not slip into a recession, the National Retail Federation predicted at a press conference here last week. “Interest-rate cuts and an economic stimulus package from the federal government could help things in the second half,” said Rosalind Wells, chief economist for NRF, speaking at a press conference at the association's Big Show here last week. Later in the week, the NRF board of ...

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