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November Retail Sales Fall Short; Rise Just 0.2%

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Shoppers spent more on consumer electronics, furniture and clothing during the first month of the holiday shopping season according to the latest government report, but sales dropped at restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales in November rose only 0.2 percent -- less than what many economists had predicted.

Despite the modest gain, last month's increase marked the sixth straight month retail sales have gone up.

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