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And thus drops the hammer: "For the first time in nearly two decades, the $550 billion restaurant industry has suffered stagnant sales this year, creating painful cash-flow problems for restaurateurs who can't get credit lines to cover investment and operating costs even as food and labor costs have risen sharply....'The credit crisis is having a devastating effect on nearly every segment of the industry,' says Aaron Allen ...'This is the death knell for a number of restaurant chains.'" [TIME via Eater]