The average retail price of petrol is now more than $2 a gallon, a hardship for the finances of many Americans, not to mention numerous fuel-dependent industries.
But the pain is not felt evenly among businesses, noted Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., the Chicago-based outplacement firm.
The company compiled a list of economic winners and losers over the steep price for gasoline.
Among the likely beneficiaries if we continue to pay such rates at the pump: Online and neighborhood retailers, bicycle manufacturers and repair shops, athletic shoe makers (if serious walking sees a resurgence) and home-entertainment equipment companies.
And the losers?
Outlet malls, usually found a good distance from most cities and expensive downtown parking garages. Fast-food restaurants also could suffer, if we decide that idling in the summer heat for a 500-calorie Whopper, with a $2.40 gallon of gas burning under the hood is just a bit much.
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