How were back-to-school sales at Walmart last month? Nobody knows for sure.
How were back-to-school sales at Walmart last month? Nobody knows for sure. - 
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The government shutdown means no official economic data. But economist Chris Low tells Marketplace Morning Report Host David Brancaccio what we do know about back-to-school retail sales without the government's official report for September, or sales numbers from the nation's largest retailer, Walmart.

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