Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Business
Economics

U.S. Economy: Retail Sales Rise Less Than Forecast

Sales at U.S. retailers rose less than forecast and consumer confidence held near an eight-month low, indicating the economic slowdown will persist into the second half of 2010.

Purchases in July climbed 0.4 percent, led by autos and gasoline, figures from the Commerce Department in Washington showed today. A preliminary sentiment index for August rose to