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The U.S. Commerce Department released the retail sales data on Friday. The U.S. retail sales fell 0.1% in December, missing expectations for a flat reading, after a 0.4% gain in November. November's figure was revised up from a 0.2% increase.
The lower increase was mainly driven by a fall in sales at service stations, which dropped 1.1% in December.
Retail sales excluding automobiles decreased 0.1% in December, after a 0.3% rise in November.
Sales at building material and garden equipment stores increased 0.7% in December, while sales at furniture stores climbed 0.9%.
Sales at clothing retailers fell 0.9% in December, while sales at auto dealerships were flat.
These figures could mean that the Fed will delay its further interest rate hikes.
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