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Hurricane, Economic Factors Temper Retail Sales Gains in September

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Clothing and accessories stores, along with general merchandisers, pulled out small sales gains in September compared to the previous month, with weather and politics blamed for the stymied growth. Specialty store sales rose 0.5% last month, to $22.91 billion, and were up an unadjusted 3.1% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s…

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