By  on December 2, 2010

November’s big chill heated up sales for outerwear manufacturers and retailers, and they’re looking for more of the same from Mother Nature.

After a warmer than usual start to fall in much of the country — an average October temperature of 56.9 degrees — the weather turned more wintry. Although there were a few days of springlike readings this week, weather forecasting firm Planalytics said that last month was the coldest in the U.S. since 2002 and Black Friday weekend was the coldest in three years. The combination generated an estimated 11 percent spike in outerwear sales compared with a year ago. Forecasters predict colder temperatures starting today.

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