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Stocks close lower after weak retail reports

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Stock indexes suffered a third straight decline after retailers issued weak profit forecasts and more applicants sought unemployment benefits. Investors also worry that political leaders may not reach
a deal to head off tax increases and government spending cuts that take effect­ Jan. 1, which could send the country back into recession.

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