WASHINGTON — The onset of colder weather in most of the country boosted outerwear sales in late October and early November, but overall, general merchandise sales were mixed, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

Gains in general merchandise sales were reported in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Va., Kansas City and Dallas; however, the increases were "generally slight" compared with late summer and early fall, the Fed reported in The Beige Book, a survey of business executives in the Fed’s 12 districts.

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