UPDATE 1-Clothing pushes Canada January retail sales higher

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By Cameron French TORONTO, March 24 (Reuters) - Canadian retails sales edged higher in January, handily beating analysts' expectations, on the back of brisk clothing sales and a smaller-than-expected drop in auto sales. Statistics Canada said on Monday that January retail sales rose 0.7 percent to C$26 billion ($17.6 billion), after a smaller rise of 0.2 percent in December. A half dozen market analysts had forecast, on average, a fall of 0.8 percent. "The widespread expectation was ...

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