Confident consumers lift US retail sales in December
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, evidence that Americans were willing to spend during the winter holidays after a sluggish November. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales increased 0.3% in December from the previous month. Excluding sales at car dealers and gas stations, sales rose 0.5%, the best in five months. Low unemployment and widespread hiring are fueling consumer confidence.
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