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Retail Sales Help Dow to Benchmark Closing

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow hit a benchmark Tuesday with its first five-day winning streak since September. The Dow closed up 217 points, at 13,178.  Tuesday's close was also the highest for the Dow since 2007.                  
The Nasdaq gained 56 and the S&P added 25 points Tuesday.
Driven by strong demand for cars, clothes and appliances, strong retail sales may have helped the Dow.
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