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Businesses Pause To Remember Moment Of 9/11 Attacks

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Immediately after the attacks, lawmakers urged New Yorkers to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. Two years later, on the day of remembrance, are businesses operating as usual? NY1’s Adam Balkin finds out in the following story:

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, there was a moment of silence at the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Department stores and other retail centers also coordinated a moment for staff and shoppers.

“Across the United States, at all the Bloomingdales, there was a moment of silence at that exact time,” said Anne Keating of Bloomingdales.

As far as the volume of shopping on 9-11-2003, store owners said things were pretty slow. But they don't necessarily blame the solemn occasion.

“I think since 9/11, shopping has definitely changed,” said Wendy Ginsberg of Verve. “The economy has changed, the war in Iraq has definitely had an influence on people.”

Î’You know, the whole the comfort food thing is really big again,” said Jennifer Janian of Handmade. “Pride in the country. But I think as for my business, it has helped that something like a little jewelry or a little home accessory is to make yourself feel better is what people are doing.”

So in the world of business, the day was a microcosm of the past two years — a pause to remember but a press to try to get back on track.

--Adam Balkin

For additional 9/11 anniversary coverage, see our WTC Section.

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