Buffett says recession may be worse than feared

Just in case you still thought this Global Meltdown was just a little glitch.

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Warren Buffett, the world’s richest person, said on Monday the U.S. economy is in a recession that will be more severe than most people expect.

Buffett made his comments on CNBC television after his Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research) (BRKb.N: Quote, Profile, Research) agreed to invest $6.5 billion in the takeover of chewing gum maker Wm Wrigley Jr Co (WWY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) by Mars Inc in a $23 billion transaction.

“This is not a field of specialty for me, but my general feeling is that the recession will be longer and deeper than most people think,” Buffett said. “This will not be short and shallow.

“I think consumers are feeling gas and food prices,” he added, “and not feeling they’ve got a lot of money for other things.”

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