WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumers may be getting ready to step up spending and help assure a modest but solid economic rebound.

Analysts said they took some holiday cheer in Friday's report from the Commerce Department showing that retail sales were stronger than expected. November sales rose an unspectacular 0.4%, but revised October sales were up a surprising 1.9%, more than double the 0.9% rise that was originally reported.

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