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Retail sales rose in September
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he Commerce Department on Monday reported that retail sales rose by a healthy 1.1 percent in September, fueling optimism that a bump in consumer spending is spurring economic growth. Consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of U.S. gross domestic product, making the statistic a closely watched gauge of the country's economic health. The Commerce Department reported that sales of autos, gasoline, and building materials were particularly strong. 

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