Cool weather dampens U.S. June retail sales

Rain, cool weather dampen U.S. June retail sales

http://www.reuters.com
Jun 22, 2009

NEW YORK  – Rain and cooler-than-usual weather so far in June may have dampened demand for summer items such as sandals, swimwear and beer for retailers already hard put to counter sales declines during the recession.

The effect may be most pronounced in the U.S. Northeast, where June so far has been the coldest in 27 years and is on track to become one of the wettest Junes on record, according to weather research firm Planalytics, which has tracked such data since the 1930s.

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