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NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are falling as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government drags on for a third day.
Dow Jones industrial futures are down 32 points to 14,993. S&P futures have lost 4.8 points to 1,678.30. Nasdaq futures are down 4.75 points to 3,232.75.
While the shutdown itself is estimated to trim only about 0.2 percent from the gross domestic product each week, that could grow worse if the impasse begins to erode consumer and business confidence.
That was essentially the message from the National Retail Federation which releases its sales forecast for the next two months on Thursday. Matthew Shay, the group's president and CEO, said the calculations were made before the shutdown.
The government is also expected to report an uptick in unemployment benefit applications on Thursday.