미국 상무부는 14일, 지난 10월의 미국 소매판매가 2.8% 감소해 역사상 최악의 감소폭을 기록했다고 밝혔습니다.
미국 경제에서 소비가 차지하는 비중이 3/2이상이기 때문에 경제학자들은 소비 판매를 면밀히 주시하고 있습니다.
전문가들은 신용경색과 일자리에 대한 우려, 주택 가격 하락 때문에 소매 판매가 줄었다고 분석하고 있습니다.
In yet another sign that the world's largest economy is sinking into recession, the Commerce Department said Friday that sales at U.S. retail stores fell by two-point-eight percent in October -- the sharpest amount on record.
Economists watch retail sales closely because consumer demand drives about two-thirds of the U.S. economy.
Analysts blame falling sales on tight credit and worries about job security and falling home prices.
The economic slowdown has hurt demand for many products, including powerful high-end computers. One of the world's biggest makers of such computers, Sun Microsystems, says it will lay off as many as six-thousand people, or nearly one-fifth of the company's workforce.