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Topic - Bill Thorne
The prolonged federal shutdown sent a key gauge of consumer sentiment plummeting for October to the lowest levels seen since Washington's last "fiscal cliff" crisis in at the end of last year.
The retail lobby is fighting back against nationwide worker strikes for better pay, calling it "orchestrated theater" by labor unions, the Hill reported.
"Washington isn't helping one bit," he said.
Bill Thorne, senior vice president at the National Retail Federation, said retailers are no longer sure that they will attain the nearly 4 percent increase in sales they were expecting during the holiday season this year.