UPDATE 2-Weak Canada retail sales point to soft Dec growth


(Adds analysts, market reaction, detail) By Louise Egan OTTAWA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Canadian retail sales outside the auto sector disappointed in December, adding to a string of gloomy data suggesting weaker-than-expected economic growth at year-end. Statistics Canada said on Friday that total retail sales climbed 0.6 percent in the month due to a surge in new car deals. But excluding autos, sales fell 0.4 percent from November against forecasts for a 0.4 percent gain, missing ...

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