While the plummeting temperatures will surely bring a dose of winter blues to those grasping onto the last bit of fall, it's a welcome change for retailers, who are counting on the cold to boost sales of seasonal items such as jackets.
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This particular type of arctic blast is the perfect storm for retailers, because its cool temperatures will drive the desire to spend, but the absence of snow and freezing rain won't keep shoppers bound to their homes.
"I think that this cold weather is manna from heaven for retailers, and it's coming just in time," said Paul Walsh, vice president of weather analytics at The Weather Company, which like CNBC is a unit of NBCUniversal. "This weather is fantastic in terms of really generating early demand for holiday."
Getting shoppers to snatch up cold-weather gear early in the season can be key for retailers. If warm temperatures extend too far past when companies stock their shelves with sweaters and hats, it can lead to unanticipated markdowns.
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This can cause a domino effect in stores, as it's harder to persuade shoppers to buy a nondiscounted item when they can opt for something else on sale, said Edward Hertzman, founder and publisher of Sourcing Journal.
"It's going to be harder to get them to come back and pay full price," he said.