This Was Bad’: Retail Sales Suffer Big Chill In February Amid Stormy Weather

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 18: A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store on February 18, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 18. A devastating winter storm that hit the middle of the country last month helped send retail sales tumbling.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesConsumers put their pocketbooks on ice last month after a spending… Continue reading This Was Bad’: Retail Sales Suffer Big Chill In February Amid Stormy Weather

Water Returning To Austin As Texas Recovers From Deep Freeze And Power Failures

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 19: Marie Maybou melts snow on the kitchen stove on February 19, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Ms. Maybou was using the water to flush the toilets in her home after the city water stopped running. Winter storm Uri brought historic cold weather causing people to lose their water as pipes broke throughout the area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Water pressure should be restored to most of Austin, Texas, over the weekend, Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said at a news conference Friday. The state is recovering from the cold and snow and resulting power outages, which shut down water treatment plants. It might not be full pressure, he said, but the main goal… Continue reading Water Returning To Austin As Texas Recovers From Deep Freeze And Power Failures