By and  on October 19, 2012

Wall Street investors beat a hasty retreat today after being spooked by tech companies, but retailers managed to miss the worst of it.

The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group fell 1.2 percent, or 7.69 points, to 647.82, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.5 percent, or 205.43 points, to 13,343.51. Microsoft Corp. weighed on the market after its quarterly report disappointed and Google Inc. turned in weaker than expected earnings Thursday.

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