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BYLINE: Bill Mongelluzzo
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- U.S. retailers anticipate that October will be the busiest month of the year for container gateways on the West, East and Gulf coasts, but growth this peak season will be a disappointment for ports and ocean carriers.
As a result, the Port Tracker, which is published each month by consultant Global Insight and the National Retail Federation, is lowering its cargo projections for the remainder of the year.
"Retailers have a good sense of the economy, and are planning their inventories carefully," Erik Autor, vice president and international trade counsel at the National Retail Federation, stated in a …