PhotoIt's now two increases in a row for retail sales.

The Commerce Department reports sales in July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, came to $478.9 billion -- up 0.6% from June and a surge of 4.2% from the same month a year earlier.

And, as it released its July figures, the government revised its June report to show an advance of 0.3% instead of the 0.2% drop initially reported.

July's increase was led by a sales gain of 1.8% by miscellaneous store retailers, followed by non-store retailers (+1.3%), motor vehicle & parts dealers (+1.2%), building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (+1.2%), and food and beverages stores (+0.4%).

Sales declines were seen at electronics & appliance stores (-0.5%), gas stations (-0.4%) and clothing & clothing accessories stores (-0.2%).

The complete report is available on the Commerce Department website.

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