Retail sales rise by 0.3% in May

Demand for autos fuels increase; department stores lag

Posted: June 13, 2014 at 2:49 a.m.

Sales at U.S. department and big-box stores, such as this Wal-Mart in Rogers, fell in May by 0.6 percent. Overall retail sales rose a modest 0.3 percent for the month, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in May as consumers turned cautious in their spending. But economists said the weaker-than-expected result is unlikely to derail overall economic growth in the second quarter.

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