Although the entire U.S. is enveloped in economic turmoil, the scene in the Pacific Northwest is not as severe as it is in other parts of the country. Companies like Boeing and Microsoft have helped keep the region going, according to Randy Barcus, chief economist at Avista Corp., Spokane, Wash. But many consumers are still looking for bargains, and some supermarkets here are hoping to reel them in with financial rewards and special prices, while other stores are simply trying to bring ...

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