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Retail sales rise 0.9% in April

Retail sales rise 0.9% in April

WASHINGTON – April retail sales rose 0.9% from the previous month to $677.7 billion, the Commerce Department reported today. It was the fourth consecutive monthly increase in the face of rising consumer prices. April’s increase followed the 0.5% gain in March sales, when Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine caused gasoline prices to surge. Pump prices

Retail sales remain anemic in October

WASHINGTON – Retail sales increased 0.1% in October after being unchanged in September and August, the Commerce Department said. So-called core retail sales rose 0.2% last month after increasing 0.1% in September, the government noted. Core sales exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food, and therefore correspond more closely to the consumer spending component of