Esau Bangura of Washington, DC, carries a sign to protest the government shutdown, the rancor between the parties and gridlock to solving the issues as he walks outside the US Capitol, October 15, 2013, in Washington, DC. The Senate had seemed on track to get the government operating again and resolving the debt ceiling crisis, but with a delayed House vote, uncertainty remains. UPI/Mike Theiler | License Photo
The pace of gains compared to the same week of sales a year earlier slowed to 1 percent, the trade group said.
"Sales weakened across the board by store segment, partially a result of the drag from the government shutdown," said Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist in a statement released Tuesday.
The trade group said same store sales are expected to see a sales increase between 3 percent and 4 percent in October, but much depends on debates over a long-stalled appropriations bill in Washington and a bipartisan agreement to raise the debt ceiling.