Shoppers Went Back To Department Stores In September

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Shoppers stroll through the newly reopened Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia, Calif., on Oct. 7.

U.S. retail spending grew 1.9% last month, delivering a slight boost of confidence to a recent spate of signs that the U.S. economic recovery has lost momentum from the pandemic's toll.

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