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 ...

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