Last week's wintry weather system caused a spike in supermarket sales throughout the Midwest and East, including an early run on Valentine's Day gifts, according to some retailers interviewed by SN last week. Ahead of the approaching storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow in many places on Tuesday and Wednesday, retailers said they saw customers stock up on the usual staples, with a few extras like candy, flowers and gift cards thrown in. “We noticed that people picked up a lot of ...

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