Warm June Seen Boosting Retail Sales

BERWYN, Pa. — The wave of warm weather over much of the country should be a help to retailers providing summertime needs, according to a report released Tuesday by Planalytics here.

Weather in June was slightly drier and warmer than usual, Planalytics said. Denver experienced its hottest June on record, while Chicago, Detroit and Las Vegas also saw higher than normal temperatures. The warm, dry weather, particularly over Father’s Day weekend, sparked sales of warm-weather necessities like fans (up by 6%), lawn mowers (up 4%), fitness drinks and bagged ice (each up by 2%), according to estimates.

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“While the first half of June trended cooler, summer arrived right on cue at the end of the month bringing extreme heat to many major population centers. Severe weather, combined with extreme temperatures spurred need-driven purchases, helping businesses jumpstart the process of clearing summer products,” Scott Bernhardt, president of Planalytics, said in a statement.

Several retailers, including Minneapolis-based Target Corp. [4], are expected to report June sales results on Thursday.