US stocks open lower

US stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after the government reported that retail spending rose only modestly between November and December, a critical period for stores.

The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December from November.

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The Dow Jones industrial average was down 33 points at 13,474 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was off five at 1,465. The Nasdaq composite was down 17 points at 3,100.

High-end yoga wear maker Lululemon Athletica dropped 7 percent after the company issued a revenue forecast that was below the forecasts of Wall Street analysts.

RadioShack rose 2 percent after the electronics retailer said it would close down its mobile phone centers in Target stores, an operation that analysts see as a money-loser. - Sapa-AP