By and  on October 2, 2013

Retail stocks inched back toward their all-time high even with large swathes of the federal government closed for a second day.

The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group rose 0.4 percent, or  3.32 points, to 862.29 — with the index trading as high as 862.80, near its Sept. 20 high of 864.31. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.4 percent, or 58.56 points, to 15,133.14.

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