NEW YORK – The severe cold and snow over the past few weeks has hurt many small businesses in the eastern and southern United States.
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Restaurants and retailers were among those that suffered the most because few people wanted to go out.
In New York, where temperatures were in single digits, a dog walking service said revenue plunged as clients stayed home and didn't need their pets walked. In Charleston, South Carolina, a catering service lost business as a rare snow and ice storm forced the cancellation of a big corporate conference.
Some companies, however, made some unexpected extra money. A Tallahassee, Florida, plumber had more than 30 calls to fix frozen pipes — its first in nine years of business.