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People shop inside a Target store during Black Friday sales in the Brooklyn borough of New York, November 29, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer

Retail sales rise in November, boost economic outlook

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods, adding to signs of a strengthening economy that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to reducing the pace of monetary stimulus.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales increased 0.7 percent last month after rising by a revised 0.6 percent in October. November's retail sales increase was the largest in five months.

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