WASHINGTON — Retail sales exceeded economist expectations in October, jumping 1.2% on stronger auto sales, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

Excluding autos, retail sales grew 0.4% as motor vehicle sales rose 5.0%. Economists expected October gains of 0.7% for retail sales and 0.4% for sales excluding autos. Excluding auto and gasoline sales, retail sales rose 0.4% in October.

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