Retailers report solid sales gains for July

A shopper browses for clothes at the H&M store at The Americana at Brand complex. (Damian Dovarganes)

August 4, 2011 10:14:11 AM PDT
Many retailers posted solid sales during the kickoff to the back-to-school season as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue through the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year as the weather gets cold and the deals dry up.