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Retail Stocks Down 0.1% in Short Pre-Holiday Session

Major indices register gains in abbreviated Christmas Eve session.

Retail shares fell just short of positive territory in an abbreviated trading day on Wall Street Tuesday.

The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group was down 0.1 percent to 934.77 as trading came to an end at 1 p.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.4 percent to 16,357.55 while the S&P 500 moved up 0.3 percent to 1,833.32. Both the Dow and the S&P headed into the Christmas at record closing levels.

Continuing a run that has seen its shares more than double in value in 2013, G-III Apparel Group Ltd. registered the strongest gain among the fashion, retail and beauty stocks tracked by WWD. Shares rose 6.1 percent to close at $73.89. Zale Corp. was up 4.6 percent to $16.15.

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.’s shares declined 3.2 percent to $17.31 while Delia’s Inc.’s were of 3 percent to 92 cents.

In Europe, the DAX in Frankfurt and the FTSE MIB in Milan were both closed for the holidays. In London, the FTSE 100 closed up 0.2 percent to 6,694.17 while the CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.1 percent to 4,218.41.

It was generally a positive day for the fashion, luxury and retail stocks in those markets.

Those that rose in the day’s thin trading included Asos.com, up 0.4 percent to 61.80 pounds; Burberry, which gained 0.7 percent to 14.66 pounds, and Mulberry Group, which rose 2.5 percent to 9.53 pounds.

Among the few that logged declines were L’Oréal, which fell 0.2 percent to 124.90 euros; Hermès, which dipped 0.6 percent to 250.80 euros, and French Connection, down 0.4 percent to 0.36 pounds.

The pound traded for $1.63 Tuesday, while the euro went for $1.37.