Economics

U.S. Retail Sales Increase

Sales up 1.1 percent in September

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US retail sales saw their sharpest rise last month for nearly two years, with shoppers spending more on electronic goods, cars and petrol.

Sales rose by 1.1% in September, the US Commerce Department said, and August's increase was revised up to 1.2%.

The increases in both months were the largest rises seen since October 2010.

Sales in most major sectors increased. Electronic goods stores saw sales rise 4.5% in September, when Apple's latest iPhone was released.