Was shutdown a factor in shock US sales data?

Was shutdown a factor in shock US sales data?
Weak US holiday sales figures shock markets. Pic: Getty

Commerce Department figures released on Thursday showed that US retail sales fell 1.2 per cent in December from the previous month, the biggest drop since 2009

So much for a merry Christmas. That is, if you trust the numbers. Commerce Department figures released on Thursday showed that US retail sales fell 1.2 per cent in December from the previous month, the biggest drop since 2009, rather than the slight increase economists had forecast.

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