Economy expected to lower Girl Scout cookie sales


The economy means smaller Samoas and fewer overall cookie sales for Atlanta Girl Scouts.

Anita Walton is product sales manager for the 40,000-member Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. The group usually sells up to 3.5 million boxes of cookies a year.

After a month of door-to-door sales, the group is tallying their return this week and Walton says she's worried they won't have met their goals.

Fears of salmonella linked to peanut butter also threaten sales, though the Scouts say their cookies aren't linked to a contaminated Georgia plant. Meanwhile, the organization has made Samoas and Tagalongs slightly smaller, as well as reducing box sizes in some markets.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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