US STOCKS-Wall St set to open higher on strong retail sales data
* May retail sales rose 1.2 pct vs est 1.1 pct
* Import prices rise after 10 months of decline
* Weekly jobless claims up
* Box surges after raising forecast
* Futures up: Dow 21 pts, S&P 1.5 pts, Nasdaq 7.5 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)
By Tanya Agrawal
June 11 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open higher on Thursday as retail sales surged in May, the latest sign that a recovery in the U.S. economy was finally gathering steam.
U.S. shares jumped on Wednesday, helped by gains in technology and financial stocks and optimism that Greece may be closer to reaching a deal with creditors.
U.S. retail sales increased 1.2 percent in May, topping the 1.1 percent growth expected by economists, as households boosted purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods even as they paid a bit more for gasoline. Continuación...