U.S. Retail Sales Increase

Sales up 1.1 percent in September


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.