US shares fall despite good retail sales

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(Close): US shares closed down on Friday despite a positive set of official retail sales figures.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.05% at 17,535.32.

The tech-focused Nasdaq was down 0.41% at 4,717.68 while the S&P 500 was down 0.85% at 2,046.61.

Overall retail sales were up by 1.3% on the month, the best since March 2015, but individual companies Nordstrom and JC Penney, followed Macy's earlier this week with lower-than-expected sales.

Shares in Nordstrom closed down 13.42% and J C Penney dropped 2.82% on the news that sales were down.

US Department stores have lost out as shoppers have spent on more expensive items including electronics, household goods and cars.