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In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, a woman shops at a Nordstrom store in Chicago. The government reports on U.S. retail spending in January on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US retail sales rise 0.1 percent after tax increase

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans barely spent more last month at retail businesses and restaurants after higher taxes cut their paychecks. The small increase suggests consumer spending may be weak in the January-March quarter, which could hold back economic growth.

Retail sales ticked up 0.1 percent in January from December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That follows a 0.5 percent increase in December and is the smallest in three months.

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