The economic effects of Hurricane Sandy are reverberating beyond areas hit by the storm as businesses warn customers of delays, try to get merchandise out of closed ports, and face canceled orders. In addition to shutting down shipping terminals and submerging warehouses, the storm tangled deliveries because of downed power lines, closed roads, and scarce gasoline in parts of New York and New Jersey. The supply chain is backing up at a crucial time, just as retailers normally bring their final shipments into stores for the holiday shopping season, which retailers depend on for annual profitability.
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