But "there is every reason to believe that the hurricane won't kick the legs out of an already-fragile U.S. economy," Caranci said.
AP Business Writers Sandy Shore in Denver, Candice Choi, Anne D'Innocenzio, Matthew Craft, Bernard Condon and Bree Fowler in New York and Mark Jewell in Boston contributed to this report.
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