WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation here said warm weather, lower gas costs and strong Father's Day promotions helped drive a small boost in June retail sales, with a 0.3% gain over May's results and 5.5% over year-ago sales. The NRF's seasonally adjusted estimate excludes autos, gas stations and restaurants, and is slightly higher than the more inclusive 0.1% June gain reported by U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said year-over-year sales, including ...

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