The economy expanded by a greater-than-expected rate of 3.1% in the third quarter, but growth is predicted to dip to 1.4% this quarter, analysts say. The "fiscal cliff" is among factors, companies say, leading them to act cautiously. "The customer feedback we're getting is that no one wants to make a decision," Airgas Chairman Peter McCausland said. "We're always hanging on by our fingernails in this particular quarter."
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