WASHINGTON [FNS] -- Retail sales at grocery stores were up 0.3% in August after two months of flat sales, according to statistics released by the Commerce Department in mid-September. Year-over-year sales were up 4.3%. August retail sales in the larger category of food stores were up 0.3% from the previous month and up 4.2% from August 1998. "The month was a strong one for most types of retailers, and this augurs well for the balance of the year," National Retail Federation chief economist ...

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