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Wall Street: Forget Cold Weather; Warm Temperatures Can Also Hurt Retail Sales

Not too hot, not too cold. Shoppers need the weather to be just right, apparently.
Too warm to go shopping.

Too warm to go shopping.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Retailers just can't seem to win.

When it's abnormally cold, people stay at home to avoid the elements. When it's warm, they don't want to go out to buy sweaters and snow gear, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.