WASHINGTON — The September U.S. retail sales data were weak and set up a government-damaged Q4 for additional slowing, while September producer price data showed little change overall as falling food costs offset higher auto pricing.

September retail sales fell 0.1% overall in their worst showing since a 0.3% drop in March. Sales were up 0.4% ex autos, and rose 0.4% ex autos and gas.

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