By  on February 8, 2010

A lower U.S. unemployment rate helped stabilize equity markets Friday, pushing retail stocks up 0.2 percent for the day after a tough week stoked by government debt concerns in Europe.

The S&P Retail Index advanced 0.65 points to 392.84 Friday, making the decline for last week 1.2 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.1 percent, or 10.05 points, to 10,012.23, a 0.5 percent drop for the week.

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