Snowfall could affect retailers' final shopping days

Snowfall could affect retailers' final shopping days

A huge Midwest storm could negatively affect retailers that are experiencing a disappointing holiday shopping season.

The first big snowstorm of the season, which began in the Midwest on Thursday, is just the latest challenge facing stores during this holiday shopping season. The period, which runs roughly from November through December, can account for 40 percent of a store's annual revenue. And the Midwest accounts for about 18 percent of the nation's retail sales, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending.

So far this season, sales have been lackluster as shoppers have held back their spending because of worries about the weak U.S. job market and the possibility that a stalemate between Congress and the White House over the U.S. budget could trigger tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff" next year, cutting into their incomes.

Read more at The Mail Tribune.

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