* Sales hike of 0.8 pct beats analyst expectations * Auto sales lead the way with 3.3 percent rise * Sales volume now higher than year earlier (Adds detail) OTTAWA, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Higher auto sales helped push Canadian retail trade up by 0.8 percent in October to a level nearly as high as a year ago before the sharp declines seen in late 2008, Statistics Canada said on Monday. It was the eighth gain in the 10 months so far this year and brought retail sales to 1.4 percent below ...
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