WRAPUP 2-Data show U.S. economy struggling


(Recasts, adds details on retailers, stocks close) By Tim Ahmann WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Disappointing data on holiday shopping and an unexpected drop in orders for costly manufactured goods, seen in reports released on Tuesday, showed the U.S. economy sputtering as the year drew to a close. Orders for durable goods -- items intended to last three or more years -- slid 1.4 percent in November, the Commerce Department said, a decline economists pinned to an uncertain business ...

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