A weaker-than-anticipated reading on national chain store sales for the first three weeks of the...

|By:, SA News Editor

A weaker-than-anticipated reading on national chain store sales for the first three weeks of the month is enough to rattle the shares of a number of mall-based retailers. Though retail execs are pointing to the weather, trend-watchers are seeing a different story (chart). Decliners: ZUMZ -3.5%, AEO -2.5%, GPS -2.8%, LTD -1.5%, CHS -2.8%, ANN -2.3%, FRAN -2.5%.