STORES 'A MOB SCENE' AHEAD OF STORM

As snow -- and plenty of it -- covered the Northeast last week, retailers reported brisk business. Sales were slightly offset by diminished mobility, reduced hours and depleted stock.The storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow in some Midwest cities intensified upon its eastward arrival on Jan. 22, with some parts of Massachusetts reporting an accumulation of 38 inches. This first major snowstorm

As snow -- and plenty of it -- covered the Northeast last week, retailers reported brisk business. Sales were slightly offset by diminished mobility, reduced hours and depleted stock.

The storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow in some Midwest cities intensified upon its eastward arrival on Jan. 22, with some parts of Massachusetts reporting an accumulation of 38 inches. This first major snowstorm of the season hit Philadelphia with 11 inches; New York City, 14 inches; northern New J

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