Consumer spending
stifled by snow

ATLANTA – Consumer spending in New England has been suppressed by this past winter’s weather, according to a report released last week by First Data Corp., a global payment-technology company.

The report said that merchants saw a 6.2 percent drop in overall spending from Jan. 24-Feb. 22. Nationally, consumer spending increased 1.5 percent during the same period.

The retail category in New England impacted the most by the snow was furniture and home furnishings, down 14.7 percent.

The report said that there were winners in the retail mix, including grocery stores, which experienced a 7.9 percent increase in spending. •

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