Retail sales are sluggish, as debt-ridden shoppers hold out for bargains. Retail sales are rebounding smartly, as consumers snap up an increasing volume of domestic goods.
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Treasuries halted a decline as Asian equities plunged after a private report showed China's manufacturing industry unexpectedly contracted, boosting demand for haven assets.
Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the loosening of fiscal and monetary policies in some countries may be increasing risks to the global economy.
Mexican and Canadian stocks are returning the least in 14 years versus the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, a break from a history of matching or beating the benchmark gauge since the countries formed a free-trade agreement in 1994.