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US retailers feel the heat of lost winter-clothing sales

Sales at Corniche Furs' wholesale business have slumped 30 per cent this month. The changing of the seasons has gone from a reliable constant to yet another factor that can upend retailers' best-laid plans.

New York

HIGH above Herald Square in New York, where pedestrians were milling about in light coats and jackets, Stuart Greenberg, a seller of luxury furs, fondly recalled chilly Decembers past.

"For the first 10 years of our business, we never even paid attention to the weather. It