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Outside drop in autos, US retail spending rises

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down. Overall retail sales dipped 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was the weakest showing since March. Auto sales fell 2.2...

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