Hot weather, cold sales.
This fall’s unseasonable heat is messing with retailers’ plans to sell sweaters, pants, jackets and other cold weather clothing, according to a report.
As many parts of the country experienced the warmest September in 55 years or more, sales at specialty apparel stores — the kind that populate shopping malls — were down by $393 million in August and September, compared with a decline of $376 million over the same period last year, according to Planalytics, which tracks weather trends for retailers. . . . more