U.S. retail sales trail forecasts as autos, apparel decline

THE VALUE of overall United States retail sales climbed 0.1 percent in August. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
THE VALUE of overall United States retail sales climbed 0.1 percent in August. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
NEW YORK - United States retail sales rose by less than forecast in August following an upwardly revised July gain as purchases of automobiles and clothing fell, suggesting households took a breather from spending. The value of overall sales climbed 0.1 percent from the prior month after a 0.7 percent increase in July, Commerce Department…

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