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PetSmart became the latest retailer to comment on expected sales softness in the wake of a three-week partial government shutdown.
"We don't know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it slowed our growth," Obama said.
Sen. Corker said people talk big, "but when it gets to signing a bill that actually has these things on it, it's hard to find the folks with you."
Two surveys indicate consumers are scaling back or plan to due to the shutdown—a worrying trend for retailers as they head into the holiday season.
As the shutdown remains top of mind for many, the buzz is inspiring Halloween merchandise selection and the hunt for a clever costume.
"Serious offers only, I really need the money," a furloughed government worker writes in a Craigslist post.
Faced with a slow-growing economy, consumers will spend marginally more than last year, according to the National Retail Federation forecast.
After last year's holiday hiring frenzy, retailers are showing more restraint in ramping up their staff for the crucial holiday shopping season.
The average speed at seven drive-thru restaurant chains rose to just more than three minutes, according to a study released Monday.