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US stocks flat but retail sales lift dollar

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Wall Street shares ended Tuesday little changed, but the dollar rose on the back of strong retail sales figures.

The Commerce Department said retail sales jumped 0.6% last month, the biggest increase since December.

In addition, the retail sales figures for June were revised to show a 0.3% rise instead of the previous estimate of a 0.2% drop.

In response, the dollar hit a near three-week high against a basket of major currencies.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones rose 5.28 points to 21,998.99, the S&P 500 index dipped 1.23 points to 2,464.61 and the Nasdaq fell 7.22 points to 6,333.01.

Shares in Coach sank 15% after the handbag maker's full-year sales forecast fell short of analysts' expectations.

The company said it expected revenues for the 2018 financial year to be between $5.8bn and $5.9bn, whereas analysts had been predicting a figure above $6bn.

Dick's Sporting Goods plunged 23% after sportswear retailer's sales and profits in the second quarter came in below expectations.