WASHINGTON — Retail sales increased 0.5% in April, as sales excluding autos and gasoline increased by the smallest amount in four months, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Sales excluding autos increased 0.6% for the month, while sales at gas stations rose 2.7%, following an increase of 4.1% in March.

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