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HOBOKEN, NJ-The misery of stranded people in parts of New Jersey–Hoboken comes to mind—is palatable on the screen and in the stories circulating the web. Even life’s little chores—filling a prescription for example—has become all but impossible. Indeed, as the Huffington Post reports, there are hundreds of drugstores in New York and New Jersey that remain shuttered. In Hackensack, NJ, there is reportedly only one filling prescriptions at press time.

Such stories also highlight the economic impact Sandy will have—not just in damage to property but in lost business and retail sales. Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen reports, via Wall Street Cheat Sheet, that some retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters had as many as 32% of its stores in Sandy’s path and that on average, the retail industry had about 24% of its locations in the storm region.

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