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15 Jan 2021 | 12:49

US retail sales decline in December

(Sharecast News) - US retail sales slipped even further in December amid renewed measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 weighed on spending at restaurants and led to lower levels of foot traffic in shopping malls. Retail sales dropped 0.7% last month, according to the Commerce Department, while data for November was revised down to show sales declining 1.4% instead of 1.1% as previously reported.

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales tumbled 1.9%.

Heightened levels of new coronavirus cases and the government's ever-delayed second stimulus package were cited as fuelling the loss of economic momentum.
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