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Retailers report solid sales gains for July

Discounts, heat drove shoppers to air conditioned malls

NEW YORK — Many U.S. retailers posted solid sales in July as deep discounts and sweltering heat drove shoppers to air conditioned malls. But analysts worry that momentum won't continue through the back-to-school shopping season. Despite a flow of bad economic news that kept consumer confidence shaky, a wide range of merchants that reported their sales ...