By and  on October 31, 2012

U.S. retail stocks rose and outperformed the market on their first day back after Hurricane Sandy imposed an unscheduled four-day weekend on Wall Street.

The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group rose 0.6 percent, or 3.79 point, 643.90 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1 percent, or 10.59 points, to 13,096.62. Lowe’s Cos. Inc. and The Home Depot Inc. were both up more than 2 percent as people in the Northeast began to gauge the damage left by Sandy.

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