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US ECONOMY

U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November as Americans bought cars and other goods, a sign that the economy is strengthening.Thursday's report from the Commerce Department says retail sales gained seven-tenths of one percent for the month, the strongest gain in five months. Economists and investors watch retail sales closely because consumer demand drives most U.S. economic activity. The upbeat data comes as top officials of the U.S. central bank are trying to decide how soon to cut...

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