By  on October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON — Consumers showed some confidence in their purchasing power in September, as sales at apparel specialty stores and discounters rose, in line with an increase in retail sales in the overall economy, the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly retail sales report showed Monday.


While most economists and retail experts said it was a positive report, some warned that looming economic issues could dampen spending as the holidays approach.

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