Retailers escaped serious property damage from Hurricane Sandy, but many in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast remained operationally paralyzed Tuesday due to power outages and transportation shutdowns that could go on for days, if not into next week.
Executives expressed relief that employees were safe, but said it would only be after all stores returned to normal hours that they could make reasonable assessments on business losses. While expecting the toll to be huge, they said it would have been worse had the situation occurred closer to a weekend or closer to Thanksgiving. But consumers could alter their holiday spending budgets, with more immediate needs suddenly arising from the storm.
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