US retail sales up 1.7% in June 2005

Retail sales rose 1.7% in June 2005. The gain was led by autos, sales of which rose 4.

Retail sales rose 1.7% in June 2005. The gain was led by autos, sales of which rose 4.8%, largely as a result of the popular promotion by General Motors. Excluding autos, June 2005 sales grew 0.7% after remaining flat in May, Commerce Department says.