Indicators: Life in the Fast Lane

Life in the Fast Lane

When the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley slows down, everybody, from realtors in Cupertino to restaurant owners along Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose, gets a bad case of the blues. But one of the best barometers of the health of California's computer manufacturers is Doug Young. He manages the Porsche dealership in Sunnyvale, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Sales at his showroom, where the most expensive models go for $50,000, are so sensitive to the region's economic trends that a few days of good news will generate a mini Porsche rally. On the other hand, downtime in the local...

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