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Economy expected to lower Girl Scout cookie sales

ATLANTA (AP) - The economy means smaller Samoas and fewer
overall cookie sales for Atlanta Girl Scouts.

Anita Walton is product sales manager for the 40,000-member Girl
Scouts of Greater Atlanta. The group usually sells up to 3.5
million boxes of cookies a year.

After a month of door-to-door sales, the group is tallying their
return this week and Walton says she's worried they won't have met
their goals.

Fears of salmonella linked to peanut butter also threaten sales,
though the Scouts say their cookies aren't linked to a contaminated
Georgia plant. Meanwhile, the organization has made Samoas and
Tagalongs slightly smaller, as well as reducing box sizes in some
markets.


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