US retail sales fell more-than-expected in November, after rising the previous month, while job openings remained short of those looking for them and jobless claims fell last week.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday that retail sales fell 0.6% last month. October data, which showed a 1.3% increase in sales, was not revised.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected sales to decline by just 0.1%.
Retail sales relate primarily to merchandise and are not adjusted for inflation. A drop in sales last month indicates that holiday shopping came in early October.
A separate Labor Department report on Thursday showed initial jobless claims fell by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 211,000 during the week ended Dec. 10.
Economists expected registration of 230,000 applications.
Claims remained below the 270,000 level, which economists say will be a warning to the labor market despite a spate of layoffs in the tech sector.