U.S. retail sales grow most since 2017 on autos, gasoline

RETAIL SALES IN MARCH in the United States exceeded expectations, including motor vehicle sales, while filings for unemployment benefits hit their lowest level in 49 years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE
RETAIL SALES IN MARCH in the United States exceeded expectations, including motor vehicle sales, while filings for unemployment benefits hit their lowest level in 49 years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE
WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales grew by the most since September 2017 as gains in motor vehicles and gasoline stations boosted sales, signaling consumers are giving the economy greater support. The value of overall sales in March rose 1.6% after an unrevised 0.2% decrease the prior month, according to Commerce Department figures released Thursday. That…

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