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Retail sales rise 0.7% in November, largest gain in eight months
Retail sales rise 0.7% in November, largest gain in eight months

Retail sales rose more than expected in November as holiday shoppers took advantage of falling gas prices and an improving job market to scoop up electronics and other goods. In November, retail sales climbed to $449.3 billion, up 0.7% from October and up 5.1% from November 2013, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Some forecasts had predicted a 0.4% month-to-month jump. The boost from September to October was revised up to 0.5%, from a 0.3% upswing.  November's growth -- the largest in eight months -- was boosted by a 1.7% surge in sales from auto and other motor vehicle dealers. If that category is stripped out, retail sales grew by 0.5% -- the same as October.  ...

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