The people in Bangkok spent nearly $37 million on fortune tellers in 2002, a sign that many people remain wary of the country's nascent economic recovery, according to a poll by the Thai Farmers Research Center. The amount spent on "divination services" represented a 50 percent increase over 2001, the year in which the Asian economic crisis began with the devaluation of the Thai baht currency,

"People seek solace in fortune telling," the report said. Thai officials forecast economic growth at around 5 percent this year, compared to 1.9 percent last year.

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