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U.S. retail sales

Retail sales edge up in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in February compared with the month before, the National Retail Federation said earlier this month. NRF also calculated that February’s sales were up 0.8% on an unadjusted basis from a year earlier. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and ­restaurants. “Sales growth held up well,

Retail sales tick up slightly during May

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales increased for the second consecutive month in May, rising 0.5% following April’s 1.3% gain, according to the Commerce ­Department. Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.4% last month after an upwardly revised 1% gain in April. The core retail sales correspond most closely