WASHINGTON — The U.S. May retail sales report was mixed: sales were supported by a surge in gas prices but otherwise appear weak, but several areas rebounded from declines earlier in the spring.

May retail sales printed up 0.5% in their best gain since January, and were 0.5% better, excluding autos, but advanced only 0.1%, excluding autos and gasoline. This suggests most of the gain was in gas prices — gas stations posted a 3.6% rise in sales.

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