By Tess Stynes

National retail sales edged down 0.1% during the first two weeks of November from the comparable period in October, Redbook Research reported Tuesday.

The decline compared with a target for growth of 0.5%.

The Johnson Redbook Sales Index also showed seasonally adjusted sales for the period rose by 0.8% from a year earlier, compared with expectations for a increase of 1.4%.

During the second week of November, sales grew 0.9% year to year.

Redbook saidt business was relatively soft as the U.S. focused on elections early in the week though it picked up heading into Veterans Day. Retailers now are turning their focus to Thanksgiving and the holiday selling season.

Write to Tess Stynes at tess.stynes@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 15, 2016 09:28 ET (14:28 GMT)

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