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Girl Scouts Say Cookie Sales Hurt By Economy

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An economy on thin ice is hurting sales of Thin Mints.

Girl Scout and Brownie troops say cookie sales are noticeably down this year as their customers struggle to pay for groceries, gasoline and home heating fuel.

Becky Santos, leader of Brownie Troop 74 in Barrington, said her group sold 300 boxes outside a Wal-Mart recently, down from 500 in the same location last year. Sue Cusack, the troop's co-leader, said she and her daughter also made fewer door-to-door sales, with some repeat customers buying one box instead of two.

Jan Arsenault of Barrington said she scaled back her purchase because of the economy but couldn't resist two boxes.

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