More news about the home page.  With a grueling year of delayed gratification behind them, many Argentines must be itching for a good shopping spree. Nationwide, consumers pulled back as they watched their economy unravel at an alarming speed in 2002. But the free fall is over and a recent poll by local think tank Fundacion Mercado shows stronger consumer confidence, in defiance of the iffy outcome of elections in April. All this has caught the eye of dealmakers, who see opportunities in the revived lending of consumer credit.

"The first deal since the crisis broke is already done and others are coming up," said Mario Kenny, a partner at Nicholson y Cano.

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