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US retail sales rise a solid 0.4 percent in October, despite shutdown; best gain since July

...Whatever money many consumers saved on gas in October they spent elsewhere. Excluding sales at service stations, retail spending rose 0.5 percent. Sales of furniture, electronics, appliances and clothing all showed solid gains.Congress...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-20/us-retail-sales-rise-solid
Sluggish sales numbers raise economic worries

...low-income shoppers to be squeezed for the rest of the year. Wal-Mart accounts for nearly 10 percent of nonautomotive retail spending in the United States.Wal-Mart's gloomy report helped push the Dow Jones industrial average down 225 points...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-15/sluggish-sales-numbers-rai
Americans spent more at retail stores in July, lifting hopes for a rebound in the second half of the year

...Amer icans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months...the second half of the year.Retail spending rose in every major category...part of the July increase in retail spending was inevitable after consumers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-08-14/americans-spent-more-retai
Business news

...an initial reading of 359,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.Retail spending rate goes downNEW YORK - Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-10-04/business-news
Weak business spending drags on US economy

...become more hopeful about the economy in recent months. Consumer confidence rose in October to a five-year high. Retail spending increased in September, mainly because Americans bought more cars, iPhones and appliances. And home sales are up...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-10-25/weak-business-spending-dra
Wal-Mart's weak forecast shows how poor and middle-class being squeezed

...worse for the nation's poor and middle-class. Because Wal-Mart accounts for nearly 10 percent of nonautomotive retail spending in the U.S., it is a bellwether for the economy."Wal-Mart moms are the barometer of the U.S. household...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-02-21/wal-marts-weak-forecast-sh
Dow climbs for 10 days straight

...officials that they plan to keep interests rates at historically low levels have also helped push stocks higher. U.S. retail spending increased in February at the fastest pace in five months. That came despite higher payroll taxes kicking in at the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-03-14/dow-climbs-10-days-straigh
US retail sales rise in April, boosted by cheap gas

...stations 4.7 percent. The retail sales report is not adjusted for price changes.When excluding gas station sales, retail spending rose 0.7 percent. Core retail sales, which exclude gas, autos and building supplies, increased 0.5 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2013-05-13/us-retail-sales-rise-april-boosted-
US consumer spending gain led by autos

...second half of the year.Paul Dales, the senior U.S. economist at Capital Econ omics, said the May increase in retail spending was stronger than anticipated. Lower gas prices might have helped, he noted.Even with the gain, he believes consumer...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-06-13/us-consumer-spending-gain-
US unemployment benefit applications fall

...1, might be slowing growth in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 percent or less. But the gain in retail spending and declines in unemployment benefit applications show the economy might be stronger than some anticipated. The department...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-06-13/us-unemployment-benefit-ap