A shopping cart is left at a parking lot while a lone shopper walks in front of the Circut City store in the Paramus Towne Square mall in Paramus, New Jersey, November 18, 2008. Shopping centers, a category that includes strip malls, are doing much worse than that, reporting vacancy rates of 9.4 percent. Larger, enclosed malls are doing better, with vacancy rates of about 3.9 percent. The store closings have come as the U.S. economic downturn forces retailers to scale back expansion plans, close outposts or file for bankruptcy protection. The trend is expected to accelerate as the financial cr

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A shopping cart is left at a parking lot while a lone shopper walks in front of the Circut City store in the Paramus Towne Square mall in Paramus, New Jersey, November 18, 2008. Shopping centers, a category that includes strip malls, are doing much worse than that, reporting vacancy rates of 9.4 percent. Larger, enclosed malls are doing better, with vacancy rates of about 3.9 percent. The store closings have come as the U.S. economic downturn forces retailers to scale back expansion plans, close outposts or file for bankruptcy protection. The trend is expected to accelerate as the financial cr

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