NEW YORK — The equity market began the last day of the third quarter on a sour note, but retail issues stayed in the dumps on lowered sales expectations and worries about the West Coast dock lockout, as other sectors recovered.

Standard & Poor’s retail index slumped 4.2 percent, or 11.51 points, to 264.54. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, after being down 3.1 percent earlier, ended the day off 1.4 percent, or 109.52 points, at 7,591.93. The S&P 500, which was down as much as 3.3 percent, closed at 815.29, only 1.5 percent, or 12.08 points below Friday’s close.

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