Retail sales rose in August for a seventh straight month.
Figures from the Census Bureau show sales totaled $444.4 billion last month -- an increase of 0.6% from The previous month and up 5.0% from August of last year.
At the same time, the July showing, which had initially been reported as flat , was revised to an advance of 0.3%
If the highly volatile auto sector, where sales jumped 1.5%, is stripped out, August sales were up a more modest 0.3%.
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