By Tess Stynes

National retail sales edged up 0.3% during the first four weeks of November from the comparable period in October, Redbook Research reported Tuesday.

The increase compared with a target for growth of 0.5%.

The Johnson Redbook Sales Index showed seasonally adjusted sales for the period increased by 1.2% from a year earlier, compared with a target for 1.4% growth.

During the fourth week of November, sales improved by 2.2% year-to-year.

Redbook noted the latest week included Black Friday, with retailers relying on markdowns to attract consumers into stores. According to Redbook, department stores for the most part indicated strength in gift items such as small appliances as well as apparel and accessories.

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November 29, 2016 09:41 ET (14:41 GMT)

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