August Retail Sales: +2.7% to $351.4B vs. consensus of +1.9%. Ex-auto +1.1% vs. +0.4% consensus....

|By:, SA News Editor
August Retail Sales: +2.7% to $351.4B vs. consensus of +1.9%. Ex-auto +1.1% vs. +0.4% consensus. Sales remain 5.3% below Aug. 2008 levels. A massive jump in auto sales fueled the spike in the headline number.