U.S. stocks were flat with the Dow edging lower on Thursday as consumer stocks fell after May sales at many retailers failed to meet expectations.

Lackluster consumer spending and data showing a fall in jobless claims and a rise in productivity offered a mixed picture of the economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was off 7.66 points, or 0.09 percent, to 8,667.62. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 0.73 points, or 0.08 percent, to 932.49. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 5.57 points, or 0.31 percent, to 1,831.49.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)