Retailers in the U.S. experienced weak sales following the terrorist attacks Tuesday, with most of the nation glued to their television sets. Mike Dreese, CEO at Newbury Comics, says his 21-unit chain

Retailers in the U.S. experienced weak sales following the terrorist attacks Tuesday, with most of the nation glued to their television sets. Mike Dreese, CEO at Newbury Comics, says his 21-unit chain was down about 27% that day, while Bob Higgins, chairman/CEO of the 975-unit Trans World Entertainment, says sales were down substantially. But he adds that sales came back on Wednesday; Dreese reports that Newbury Comics was up 3% as well.

While all planes were grounded over U.S. airspace until yesterday (Sept. 13), product flow has not been hampered, as most music shipping is done via truck. Most expect a relatively smooth delivery of new releases next Tuesday (Sept. 18). Pete Jones, president of BMG Distribution and BMG Associated labels, says there may be "some hiccups" for Sept. 25 releases due to flight cancellations.

Among the major releases due in the U.S. next Tuesday are Macy Gray's "The Id" (Epic); Tori Amos' "Strange Little Girls" (Atlantic), and Live's "V" (MCA).

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