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Delta variant takes a bite out of July’s retail sales

The Associated Press/WRAL.com 08/17/2021

Retail sales in July fell 1.1 percent as a surge of COVID-19 cases connected primarily to the Delta variant made Americans more cautious about shopping in stores. Consumers cut back their spending with retailers selling clothing, furniture and sporting goods, according to Commerce Department data. Economists had expected a 0.3 percent decline in July.

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