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Retail sales edge up in Nov. as consumers buy more online

WASHINGTON — US consumers shook off Hurricane Sandy last month and stepped up holiday shopping, helped by a steady job market and lower gas prices.

Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November from October, reversing the previous month’s decline. Sales increased mostly because Americans spent more online, bought more electronics, and began to replace cars and rebuild after the storm.

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