Shoppers treat themselves to lattes and lacy bras

A shopper checks her receipt outside Macy's in New York on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. (Mark Lennihan)
December 7, 2010 9:50:03 AM PST
Few companies were clobbered harder than Starbucks in the recession. The coffee chain with outposts on every corner came to represent all that was wrong with American businesses and shoppers: unchecked expansion, self-indulgence and mindless credit-card swiping.

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