Americans Ramped up Retail Spending a Strong 1.7% Last Month

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans sharply boosted their spending last month, pushing up retail sales and giving the economy a lift.

Much of the gain reflected the fact that shoppers are also paying higher prices.

Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.7% in October from September, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday.

That’s up from 0.8% in the previous month.

Solid hiring, strong pay raises, and healthy savings for many households are underpinning robust spending by U.S. consumers.

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