Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season

NEW YORK • The important back-to-school shopping season has started slowly for many retailers. Shoppers, worried about their finances, showed they were more interested in buying discounted summer merchandise in July than in picking up new fall clothing for their children, according to figures released Thursday. Revenue at stores open at least a year — an industry measure of a retailer’s health— rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retaile...

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