The widening gulf of America’s rich and poor

Constance Chico Merandi, owner of the Coni & Franc boutique, writes up a sale her store in Morgantown, W.Va. The high-end clothing store caters to the city's wealthiest women, but Merandi takes care of poor customers, too.The recession technically ended in the middle of last year, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

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