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US retail sales stall in June

File picture shows people with shopping bags walking down West 34th Street in New York City on August 2, 2011. US retail sales slowed in June to a halt except for continued growth in automobile sales, government data released Monday showed.US retail sales slowed in June to a halt except for continued growth in automobile sales, government data released Monday showed. Retail and food services sales rose 0.4 percent from May, compared with a downwardly revised 0.5 percent rise the prior month, the Commerce Department said. Analysts had expected a gain of 0.7 percent.