breathing spell

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Investors had a breathing spell in the morning as there were no particular positive incentives following yesterday's advance and ahead of the key events,'' said Yumi Nishimura, manager of the equity planning and administration department of Daiwa Securities SMBC Co.
It would be a shame to lose focus on those issues just because a shift in the economic winds has granted us this breathing spell.
Neither would exist today but for the breathing spell afforded by Chapter 11.