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U.S. retail sales rise 0.6% in September

Staff Writer |
U.S. retail sales rose in September, according to data from the Commerce Department.

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Sales were up 0.6% following a revised 0.2% drop in August, in line with economists' expectations.

Core retail sales - which exclude auto sales - were up 0.5%, beating expectations of a 0.4% increase.

Sales at gas stations rose 2.4%, while sales at restaurants were up 0.8%. On the downside, department store sales fell 0.7% last month.