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Have you seen any signs of the economy improving in your area? If so, what?

In April, we asked hobby retailers what signs, if any, they have seen of the economy improving in their area. To read more, check out the June 2012 issue of Model Retailer.
Published: May 15, 2012
Allen Fenton of Al's Trains & Hobby LLC, Bedford, Ohio, said:
Yes and no. My sales have been steady this year so far. I am getting a lot of lookers at summer stuff. If the price of gas doesn't keep going up, I am hoping for a good summer.

Tim Foster, HobbyTown USA, College Station, Texas, responded:
Yes, building is strong in our area. New businesses are opening and our sales have remained above where they were at this time last year.

Chris Merseal, CRM Hobbies, St. Louis, Mo., said:
This has been the best start to the year in four years. Sales have been steady.
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