Retailers Post June Sales Gains

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation here said warm weather, lower gas costs and strong Father's Day promotions helped drive a small boost in June retail sales, with a 0.3% gain over May's results and 5.5% over year-ago sales.

The NRF's seasonally adjusted estimate excludes autos, gas stations and restaurants, and is slightly higher than the more inclusive 0.1% June gain reported by U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said year-over-year sales,

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