No. 1: Real estate bust sent ripples, washing away local sales, jobs
It’s what you haven’t heard or seen much of this year that defines what “the economy” has meant for the Wilmington area. <br>The sounds of nail guns and drills and the whack of hammers have all but disappeared in many parts of Southeastern North Carolina. Sightings of trucks full of drywall, lumber and other building materials got scarcer.
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