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U.S. retail sales declined in September and producer prices also fell, worrisome signals of the economy's health that heightened financial market worries over faltering global growth.Retail sales, which account for about one third of consumer spending, dropped 0.3 percent last month after a 0.6 percent gain in August, the Commerce Department said. Prices for U.S. stocks dropped about 1 percent and yields on U.S. government debt fell sharply.The drop in the value of gasoline sales reflected declining oil prices and is potentially positive for the broader economy, as it could free up income to spend on other things.Separately, the Labor Department said prices received by U.S. producers had fallen 0.1 percent in September, the first decline in over a year.Producer prices rose 1.6 percent in the year through September, the lowest annual reading in six months, and down two tenths from August's print.
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