WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy showed fresh signs of vigor in November as retail sales surged and wholesale price pressures resurfaced, according to two government reports released yesterday.

The Commerce Department said retail sales jumped 1.2% as consumers continued to snap up automobiles and other high-priced durable goods. The increase, double what analysts expected, followed a revised gain of 1.3% in October sales to mark the sixth straight monthly rise.

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