Holiday Sales Off to Strong Start

WASHINGTON — Retail sales rose more than expected in November, according to data released the U.S. Census Department Tuesday, pointing to stronger consumer spending in the holiday season.

WASHINGTON — Retail sales rose more than expected in November, according to data released the U.S. Census Department Tuesday, pointing to stronger consumer spending in the holiday season.

Retail sales, excluding auto-related businesses, were up 1.2% over the previous month and 6.7% over November of 2009.

"The start to the holiday season has surpassed all expectations," said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive officer, National Retail Federation, which increased

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