Stores struggled, often with disappointing results, to make up ground lost to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in November.
Thomson Reuters estimated that same-store sales for the month were up 1.6 percent, less than half the final 3.3 percent increase projected gain for the month. The figure excludes drug stores and Zumiez Inc., which is scheduled to report its monthly sales when it discloses third-quarter results after the market closes today.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"