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National retail sales increase 3 percent over last year

National retail sales increased 3 percent in September compared to the same time last year, the National Retail Federation reported this week.

The results were somewhat softer than expected due to Hurricane Florence and running concerns about tariffs and a trade war with China, said NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz.

Still, he said: “Today’s (sales) numbers confirm an underlying strength in the industry and a solid trajectory as we go into the fourth quarter.”

The U.S. Census Bureau data that NRF reported includes sales of automobiles, gasoline and restaurants.

Total national retail sales have grown year-over-year every month since November of 2009.

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