By  on September 7, 2016

As the U.S. experienced the coolest overall weather in six years, shoppers flocked to department stores — driving up weekly sales, according to the Retail Economist-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index released this morning.

The gain comes at an opportune time for department store retailers in particular who have readied themselves for the fall and holiday shopping season by leaning up inventories and paring down apparel assortments amid ongoing pressure from off-price retailers and fast fashion companies.

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