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Retail in February up 1.1 percent

March 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- Retail sales rose 1.1 percent in February over January, with motor vehicle sales up 1.6 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for prices rose to $407.8 billion on sales that were 6.5 percent higher than in February 2011, the bureau said in a release.

Gas station sales rose 3.3 percent in the month, while sales of apparel rose 1.8 percent. Electronics saw a 1 percent rise, while sales of furniture and home furnishings fell 1.2 percent.

Non-store retailers, including catalog and Internet sales, rose 1 percent in the month.

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