The Johnson Redbook retail sales index increased 4.3% in the week ended Dec. 24, according to the weekly retail sales report released Wednesday.

The index grew 3.4% in the week ended Dec. 17. For the month to date, December grew 3.5% compared to December 2010, near the 3.6% rise expected. Sales fell 2.4% from November, slightly more than the 2.3% drop expected.

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