By  on November 29, 2012

Retailers are trying to blame weak November comps on the wind and rain, but analysts are starting to see a worrisome underlying trend.

Many chains, even those without a strong presence in the Northeast, pointed to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on their results and explained they were caught flat-footed by the storm’s enduring effects. But experts, many of whom were also surprised by the tepid results, noted retailers just weeks ago were downplaying the storm’s impact; analysts instead focused on decelerating consumer spending just ahead of the holiday selling season.

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