U.S. retail sales, manufacturing data point at firming economy

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A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose solidly in June, in the latest sign that the economy ended the second quarter on a firmer footing.

That momentum appeared to have carried into the third quarter, with other data on Tuesday showing factory activity in New York state expanded sharply in July.

“It reinforces what looks to be an economy gaining more traction,” said Eric Green, chief economist at TD Securities in New York.

The Commerce Department said core sales, which strip out automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.6 percent last month after rising an upwardly revised 0.2 percent in May.

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