During the Blizzard of '96, sales of shovels, ice scrapers and rock salt accumulated almost as quickly as the 3 feet of snow that blanketed the ground in some areas. The sales pace for health and beauty care items also picked up in skin care items such as ChapStick, Vaseline Intensive Care and other facial and hand lotions, retailers said. Many chains prepared for the Jan. 7 storm by increasing their stock of snow shovels, scrapers and bags of rock salt. But most snow-related merchandise ...

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