In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, photo, shoppers carry their purchases at a Target in Chicago. The Commerce Department said Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, that U.S. retail sales rose in August from July because consumers paid higher gas prices and bought more cars and trucks. They were more cautious elsewhere, suggesting the weak economy has made many selective about spending. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
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