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One of the coldest, stormiest winters in decades took a heavy toll on retailers of every stripe and size, as merchants remind us at every opportunity. But the real cause of their seasonal affective disorder runs much deeper than a prolonged spell of lousy weather. It’s a broad failure to adapt fast enough to structural changes in the industry unleashed by Amazon.com Inc. and the massive shift to online shopping.

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