Retail sales rose more than expected in October largely because of a big rebound in auto sales. But broader consumer spending remains under pressure, raising questions about the durability of the recovery.
The jump in sales followed a dismal September retail performance that was revised even lower by the government.
The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.4% last month. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a gain of 1%. Excluding auto sales, retail demand rose 0.2%.