Lagging February Economic Growth Weather Related



DECATUR-An Illinois economist is blaming the state's sluggish economic recovery in February on the weather.  And local business owners agree.
Even though the spring merchandise  is on store shelves, the foot traffic is not  what  is  normally is.  At Del's Popcorn Shop  in Decatur,  they say this is the slowest start  to a year they've seen  in at least five years. 
"It's hurt us," says Del's owner Kemper Willcut II.  "I mean we've cut back our ordering, we've cut back some of our supplies in here just because we know people don't want to weather the storm."
Many stores downtown are running sales  to bring in customers and shopkeepers  are hopeful for warmer weather. 


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