Record heat across much of the U.S. that made fall feel a whole lot more like summer is a major factor in weak September retail sales, according to the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
While overall economic worries, compounded by reports earlier this week that home heating fuel will cost Americans significantly more than last winter, also have contributed, it's not hard to see why shoppers aren't interested in sweaters, scarves and other fall fashions. It isn't cold out.
It was the eighth warmest September in 113 years of U.S. records, according to the L.A. Times report.
The economic impact of global warming is usually discussed in terms of energy production, farm output -- occasionally health care costs. But rarely does fashion enter the equation.
But global warming has spurred winter and nighttime temperatures to lead the increases across the U.S. and world. The winter season is shortening, as the growing season starts earlier in spring and extends its reach deeper into fall.
Bright side: Maybe we'll see record bikini sales come spring.
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