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(Bloomberg) — American consumers ate out and shopped for clothes in October, enjoying a windfall from cheaper gasoline and prompting a rebound in retail sales heading into the holiday-shopping season.

Purchases increased 0.3 percent after a 0.3 percent drop in September, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 86 economists projected a 0.2 percent advance. Eleven of 13 major categories showed gains, indicating broad-based growth.

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