Daily business briefing: November retail sales highest in five months

December 12, 2013 

The Commerce Department reports that retail sales rose 0.7 percent in November, the biggest gain in five months. Consumers have spent more on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits have surged to its largest increase in more than a year. Analysts believe last week's 68,000 increase reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The International Air Transport Association is forecasting a profit of $19.7 billion -- well above the $12.9 billion expected this year and the $7.4 billion made in 2012. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Dow Jones industrial futures are down 21 points to 15,815. S&P futures have lost 2.3 points to 1,778.50. Nasdaq futures are down 1.25 points to 3,469.25. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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