NEW YORK — Robust same-store sales in October led many retailers to boost third-quarter earnings forecasts, but most were simply reversing the prior month’s lowered expectations.

Retailers last Thursday reported October same-store sales were substantially higher than expected and, in most cases, above those of October 2001, as cold weather and pent-up demand lifted outerwear and sweater sales and pushed war fears and economic problems off many consumers’ radar screens.

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