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U.S. retail sales fall 0.5 percent in June
The weakness in June went well beyond auto sales. The government report showed sales fell 0.7 percent at department stores and declined 1.6 percent at building supply stores. Sales at furniture stores and electronics and appliance stores both fell 0.8 percent.
Sales at gas stations declined 1.8 percent after a 2 percent drop in May. The declines reflected lower gas prices, which are down more than 50 cents since early April.
The economy is expanding too slowly to lower the unemployment rate, which stayed at 8.2 percent in June.
Employers have created an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter — a third of the monthly job growth during the previous three months.
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