NEW YORK — One monumental inconvenience, but no big business loss. That’s how retailers and garment officials here assessed the largest blackout ever to hit North America.

By Saturday, roughly 30 hours after the blackout hit the Northeast and Midwest, just about every retailer in the Northeast was out of the dark and operational. On Sunday, merchants told WWD that, despite the loss of power, they still expect August to be good, since back-to-school doesn’t peak until the final two weekends of the month and business has been tracking better than expected since July.

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