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Eurozone retail sales leapt in November even though unemployment remained at a record high, hinting at a pickup in consumer demand that would ease deflation worries and relieve pressure on the ECB to loosen policy.Data Tuesday had shown a surprise drop in eurozone inflation to 0.8 percent in December, well below the European Central Bank's target of just under 2 percent.The number of people out of work in the eurozone was 19.241 million, 4,000 more than in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said.Sales continued to improve in Portugal, up 3.1 percent on the month, the strongest in entire eurozone, and in Spain, where retail sales rose 1.9 percent.
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