WASHINGTON — Retail sales rose 0.3% to $412.4 billion in November after dropping an unrevised 0.3% in October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

The November sales figure was slightly below the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters, who projected a 0.5% increase. On a year over year unadjusted basis, retail sales were up 3.7% for 2012, compared to November 2011.

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