Economic Report: U.S. retail sales rebound slightly in January a month after biggest decline in 10 years

Bloomberg News/Landov
Retail sales perked back up in January after a December freeze.

The numbers: A month after the biggest decline in 10 years, sales at U.S. retailers rebounded slightly in January, but not enough to alter an emerging picture of an economy that slowed sharply at the beginning of 2019.

Retail sales rose 0.2% in January, led by home centers and Internet stores, according to a government report delayed by the partial federal shutdown earlier this year. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.1% increase.

Sales had tumbled a revised 1.6% in December, the largest drop since late 2009, just as the U.S.

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