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May

Retail sales in May turn downward

WASHINGTON — Retail sales in May declined 0.3% as Americans spent less on motor vehicles and discretionary items, according to the Commerce Department. Lower gasoline prices contributed to last month’s decline. Stores selling consumer electronics and appliances posted their largest month-on-month declines in seven years. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales

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