Warm January a Mixed Blessing for Supermarkets

BERWYN, Pa. — An unusually warm and snow-free month of January favored retailers offering variety and convenience — and likely was a mixed blessing for supermarkets.

This January was the third warmest in the U.S. in 50 years and had the least amount of snowfall since 2006, according to a report issued Tuesday from Planalytics here. Those conditioned favored broadline sellers and home improvement retailers and punished softline retailers selling winte

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