By  on December 13, 2019

The late Thanksgiving and Black Friday weighed on November retail sales — but the calendar shift didn’t explain away continued weakness at department stores and apparel and accessories specialty stores. 

October retail and food service sales rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier — and inched up just 0.2 percent from October on a seasonally adjusted basis, less than half 0.5 percent growth rate economists projected. 

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