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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 19 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-DGE:19 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K save $748 $1250 ea $15 ea $20 ea On sale until Thurs 24th Dec 2009. Advertised prices and corresponding unit prices apply at Darwin stores. Advertised prices and corresponding unit prices not available at Coles Express. CS11217_2212_NT Lindt Lindor Lantern 400g $3.13 per 100g Coles Colour Christmas Bouquet Coles Classic Christmas Bouquet Fresh flowers at Coles! And no more than $20. WORLD Stormhurts Xmas spend MAKING THEIR OWN FUN: Clare Anna House, 5, makes a snow angel on theWest Front of the US Capitol inWashington in the wake of a giant storm WASHINGTON: Americans pining for a white Christmas got more than they bargained for, as a record-breaking snowstorm closed airports and roadways across the northeastern United States, putting a damper on the holidays biggest shopping weekend. Just days before the December 25 holiday, the eastern seaboard from North Carolina to New England was digging out on Sunday from the worst blizzard in years, which closed train and bus services, paralysed air traffic and left hundreds of thousands of residents without power in some areas. Many churches cancelled Sunday services, as local officials urged residents to hunker down indoors as record snowfall wreaked havoc on roadways. And with the roads and transportation in disarray, school systems in some areas were already announcing that they would be closed on Monday. The storm was a blow to the already reeling retail sector, which had been counting on cash registers loudly ringing on the Saturday before Christmas traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year to make up for weeks of lacklustre sales. I think we can safely say that sales in the Washington region were crippled, Ellen Davis, vice president of the National Retail Federation, said. Davis, whose industry group represents retailers across the United States, said because of the inclement weather people werent eating at restaurants, there wasnt any impulse buying. W i t h s o m e $ U S 1 5 b i l l i o n ($A16.8 billion) of all nationwide sales occurring on the last weekend before Christmas, shoppers seeking to make up for lost time on Sunday were likely to find more closed stores, unploughed roads and limited transportation options. But Davis said the impact of the blizzard on Christmas shopping would be felt differently in various parts of the country, depending on when the storm hit. While Washington woke up on Sunday swathed in a deep white blanket under clear skies, flakes were still flying in New York and points north. What we heard in New York is that a couple of flurries get people more in the spirit of shopping, Davis said. House arrest no hardship GENEVA: Roman Polanski is finishing the edit of his latest movie, Ghost, while under house arrest in Switzerland, surrounded by family and bombarded by telephone calls of support, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy said in an interview. Levy, a friend of the 76-year-old director (pictured), has told the Lausanne-based weekly Le Matin Dimanche he visited Polanski in his chalet in the luxury Swiss resort of Gstaad about 10 days ago and found him like a rock, working and confident, even though his family is worried about the US extradition request hanging over him. He said he was able to have a friendly dinner with Polanski in the chalet.