Surprise uptick in spending by Americans as delta spread

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans kept shopping last month, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Retail sales rose a seasonal adjusted 0.7% in August from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday.

It was much better that the 0.85% decline Wall Street analysts had expected.

But Thursday’s report does show a shift in how the delta variant has changed where Americans spend their time and money.

Online sales soared 5.5% last month, while sales at restaurants and bars were flat from the month before.

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