A combination of a late Easter, high gas prices and war jitters is leading many retailers to fear the worst when considering their March sales figures. Research shows that, in times of war, people tend to stay home, and when they do spend money, it's typically on necessary expenses such as food.
The grocer has teamed up with British health officials to launch an educational program targeted at overweight consumers. The program will introduce consumers to low-fat versions of their favorite foods.
Chinese farmers have not seen the expected result of WTO membership. Small harvest increases and higher grain prices have limited grain import. Ornamental flowers and fishing industries have suffered from more stringent purity and hygiene standards.