By  on August 15, 2019

Recession fears may have plagued stock markets, but it certainly didn’t stop shoppers opening their wallets last month as they splurged on Amazon Prime Day deals.

Retail sales rose 0.7 percent in July, beating Wall Street estimates of 0.3 percent, according to the Commerce Department. When volatile items such as gasoline were removed, the numbers were even better — up 1 percent.

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