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Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books in New York. All six of her stores are bringing in less than its SoHo location would in a typical month.Credit…Calla Kessler/The New York Times

(From the NYTimes)

At McNally Jackson Books, which has four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn along with two stationery shops, sales are “unimaginably bad,” according to its owner, Sarah McNally. All six shops combined are now bringing in less than its SoHo location would in a typical month.

SoHo, normally one of New York City’s busier shopping destinations, was quiet on a perfect fall afternoon last week, its normal crush of human traffic replaced with a smattering of people on each block. “Something I’ve never known is how many of my customers are tourists,” Ms. McNally said. “I wonder if it’s more than I thought.”