Retail Sales

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m.

Retail sales probably rebounded in August, rising 0.5% after slipping 0.1% in July. Better car sales helped, but back-to-school shopping also lifted receipts at clothing and department stores. Even so, because shoppers stayed home for much of the spring, August retail sales are likely to be only slightly higher than the level posted in March.

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