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Retail Sales Down for Three Consecutive Months

Retail sales took a nosedive in September. The Commerce Department reported that retail sales declined 1.2% in September. It was the biggest drop since sales fell 1.4% in August 2005. Retail sales have now fallen for three straight months, the first time that has happened since 1992, the government reported. Sales at sporting goods, book and music stores declined 1.1%.