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Preview: Same-Store Sales

Investors slammed retail Wednesday worried that record snowstorms will impact same store sales numbers out Thursday.

What should you expect?

According to estimates, retailers are expected to show only a modest rise in January sales with that record snow mentioned above keeping shoppers away from malls.

"Clearly, this type of weather is not conducive to spring selling, and we believe negatively impacted sales in January," Janney Capital Markets analyst Adrienne Tennant says in a Reuters interview.

January numbers are also expected to show shoppers pulled back – as they always do - after their credit card bills arrived in the mail with all those December purchases.

Citi analyst Deb Weinswig tells Fast Money that she expects mid-level consumers are particularly stretched and that's probably bad news for stores such as JC Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s .

However, it's not all doom and gloom. Weinswig also tells us there should be standouts; high end retail and drug stores.

For example, she thinks Saks should deliver a strong number in part because of strong sales of winter wear. And drug stores probably did well because of a serious flu season, she explains.

Looking the retail sector as a whole, analyst expect same-store sales on average to rise 2.7 percent, compared with a rise of 3.3 percent a year earlier, according to Thomson Reuters data.



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