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Carrick on money: Nasty, brutish and poor – the life of a retail worker

One factor hanging over the entire retail clothing sector is the state of the U.S. economy. Its growth rate has been stuck in low gear – and unemployment remains at a high level.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998.Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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