Apparently, the weather has to be just right for holiday shopping. The warm spell this week with 60 degree temperatures can actually cool down sales.
The Retail Council of NYS says a perfect storm is needed for strong sales. Experts say weather, one way or another affects shopping. If it's too warm and shoppers think spring, they're not buying winter coats, gloves and hats that make good holiday gifts.
If it's too cold, too snowy or the roads are terrible, that can deter people from shopping as well.
Officials with the council say this year got off to a great start thanks to the snow over Black Friday weekend, which put shoppers in the holiday frame of mind.
Then there is a typical slow down after Black Friday and sales taper off. The ten days before Christmas are usually the busiest. The council will survey retailers again next week.
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