Snow and Cold Drop Weekly Retail Sales

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Severe winter weather kept U.S. shoppers close to home in the week ending Feb. 13, the International Council of Shopping Centers reported Tuesday.

A severe blizzard in the East and a “record-breaking” snowstorm in the South that covered areas from Dallas to Atlanta contributed to a 1.6 percent drop in sales compared with the previous week and a 0.7 percent drop from the same week a year ago, the report said.

During the week 49 of the 50 U.S. states had snowfall that “took its toll on the consumers’ ability to shop and spend,” ICSC said.

Weather Trends International reported the snow came with chilly temperatures, which averaged 11.4 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the same week a year ago and 5 degrees lower than the week’s historic average.

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