Chain store sales were up 0.1% in the final week of October and 2.0% in the month, according to the ICSC-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Snapshot released Tuesday.

“Overall customer traffic improved relative to a year ago as Halloween shopping for candy and costumes was a sales driver at drug stores, discounters, dollar stores, wholesale clubs and even traditional grocery stores business,” said Michael Niemira, director of research and chief economist at ICSC.

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