Outdoor retailers optimistic despite economy

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The economy might add some extra chill to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market opening today in Salt Lake City, but sponsors still are optimistic.

They've sold just about as much floor space at the Salt Palace as they did last year. But organizers say the show normally grows over time.

Show Director Kenji Haroutunian says in a recession, typically the outdoor industry does OK. People seem to gravitate toward less extravagant activities.

He says there is a question mark. "That has to do with the credit situation. That's going to impact small retailers heavily," he said.

The show itself is good news to Utah, bringing hundreds of vendors and up to 20,000 visitors. The show runs through Sunday at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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