PREVIEW-UPDATE 1-Irene likely dented Aug. US auto, retail sales

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* August auto sales due Thurs; retail sales Wed/Thurs * Auto sales seen up 5.2 pct yr-over-yr before Irene hit * Same-store sales rise of 4.7 pct seen as of Monday * Storm boosts spending at many retail chains not in index (Adds comment by auto dealer consultant on impact of Hurricane Irene) By Phil Wahba and Bernie Woodall NEW YORK/DETROIT, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene hit the U.S. East Coast at the most inopportune time for many businesses, keeping millions of shoppers away ...

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