REFILE-US STOCKS-Futures point to higher Wall Street open after data
* Wall St coming off extended decline
* Weekly jobless claims fall, retail sales disappoint
* Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review
* Futures up: Dow 55 pts, S&P 5.75 pts, Nasdaq 8.75 pts
By Ryan Vlastelica
NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Thursday as a surprise drop in retail sales pointed to a consumer that continued to struggle, but also eased some concern about how soon the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates.
Wall Street has been on a downtrend of late, with the S&P 500 falling for eight of the past 11 sessions, shedding 3 percent over the past four sessions alone.
The weakness has largely been driven by concerns the Fed could raise rates as early as June. Last week's payroll report, which was much stronger than expected, solidified this view, as the central bank said it would begin raising rates when it deemed the economy strong enough to handle it. Continuación...