By and  on January 30, 2012

Retail stocks were in retreat today as Wall Street stalled — looking ahead to an update on January unemployment Friday — and European markets languished as the region's leaders met in Brussels and Greece continued its standoff with creditors.

The S&P Retail Index was down 0.6 percent, or 3.09 points, to 554.92 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.2 percent, or 28.65 points, to 12,631.81 as the close approached.Among the retail decliners were New York & Co. Inc., down 11.2 percent to $2.79; Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., 5.9 percent to $1.90; American Apparel Inc., 5.5 percent to 76 cents; Charming Shoppes Inc., 3.7 percent to $4.76, and Dillard's Inc., 2.5 percent to $45.

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