The economic impact of China's deadly earthquake is surfacing even as aftershocks continue. Economists predicted only limited effects from the temblor that killed about 42,000 in Sichuan province and left as many as 5 million homeless. But fear has led laborers to demand government inspectors confirm the integrity of factory buildings before they will return to work. Many companies remain closed. Across China, grains, hydroelectric power and chemicals are becoming more scarce and expensive.
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