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Boat sellers pitch smooth sailing to rally sales

Updated: March 22, 2007, 3:35 PM ET
By Phil Davis | Associated Press — March 22, 2007

ORLANDO, Fla. — Harry St. John had his eye on a sleek 18-foot fishing boat as he browsed for bargains at a recent boat show. But his mind was on Wall Street.

``It does worry you when you see what the stock market did last week,'' the 65-year-old Hernando Beach retiree said of the recent dip in the bull market. ``Gas is getting high again. That's all going to be taken in to play. I'm not buying unless the price is right.''

With consumer confidence wavering, shoppers like ...

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