DC Benefits From Recession-Proof Cherry Blossoms

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    Cherry blossoms line the Tidal Basin in Washington near the Jefferson Memorial.

    WASHINGTON -- The National Cherry Blossom Festival reports that it did in fact prove recession-proof this year.

    Guest Services Inc. reported retail sales were up 25 percent over 2008, and concessions also increased. April 4 saw record-breaking sales.

    WMATA reported record Saturday and Sunday ridership on April 4 and April 5, respectively.

    Area restaurants and hotels reported good business, as well.