Still, excluding autos and gas, sales were up a solid 0.9 percent in September.Until recently, high unemployment and weak pay increases have kept consumers from spending more freely this year. That has held back growth. The economy grew at a weak 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter. Most economists believe growth will stay around 2 percent for year, although some said the latest retail sales figures could make growth slightly stronger.
US Retail Sales Jumped 1.1 Percent In September
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