Consumers keep shopping as retail sales up 0.2 percent in January
from USA Today
Retail sales rose more than expected in January despite tumbling gasoline prices, the big Northeast snowstorm and sluggish job growth. Sales increased 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said, more than the 0.1 percent gain economists expected. Also encouraging is the initial estimate of a 0.1 percent drop in December was revised to a 0.2 percent increase.
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