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JC Penney, Macy's post lacklustre Q3 sales

US shoppers not persuaded to spend before the holidays despite improving job numbers

By offering in-store pick-up, more customers are expected to flock to Macy's and Bloomingdale's during the holiday season.

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JC Penney and Macy's both reported lacklustre sales in the third quarter, the latest sign that despite low petrol prices and improving job numbers, retailers just cannot persuade shoppers to spend.

Both retailers cited warmer fall weather as one of the reasons sales were...