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This study was prepared by Jane Lin, Distributive Trades Division.

Review Committee: Richard Evans, John Flanders, Paul Gratton, Robert Lussier, Dave McDowell, Boris Palameta and Monica Weise

Special contribution: Bower Litle, Willa Rea, Bradley Snider, Annie Côté-Steski and Elaine Wilson

Managing Editor: Yvan Gervais

Production: Debi Soucy

May 2004

Catalogue no. 11-621-MIE2004012
ISSN 1707-0503
ISBN 0-662-37017-1

Frequency: Occasional


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