Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Memorial weekend shopping outlook: Mostly sunny

WAYNE, Pa. - This year's Memorial Day weekend will bring a variety of weather across the country, much of it favorable to sales of seasonal goods, according to retail forecaster Planalytics Inc.

The South Central and Southwest region - from Louisiana across to Southern California and up to Nevada - will experience summer heat and dryness, which should bode well for seasonal products, the service reported. Weather will also be positive for seasonal goods in the Southeast, Inner Mountain region, most of the West and the Northwest.

Conversely, most of the Eastern Seaboard stretching across to the Great Lakes will experience cool and unsettled weather. While not promising for sales of seasonal merchandise, the cooler, damper weather should spur store/mall traffic, according to Planalytics.