The Week Ahead

RETAIL SALES

Thursday, Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m. -- Retail sales probably increased at an annual rate of 0.3% in September, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Excluding car purchases, store receipts likely rose 0.4%. Shoppers were busy in August, when total retail sales jumped 1.2% and nonauto purchases increased 0.7%.

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