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BRASILIA, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Retail sales volumes rose slightly in June from May, beating market expectations for a steep drop as consumers struggle with a recession that has sapped their income and made credit more expensive.
Retail sales volumes excluding cars and building materials in Brazil rose 0.1 percent in June from May (BRRSL=ECI), government statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday.
Economists in a Reuters poll expected a decrease of 0.40 percent with forecasts ranging from a drop of 0.90 percent to an increase of 0.80 percent.
Retail sales have remained volatile this year with four monthly drops and three increases, in a sign that the sector has not stabilized yet as the recession continues to drag down consumer appetite.
Sales fell 5.3 percent from the year-earlier period , compared with expectations for a 6.35 percent drop in the Reuters poll. (Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)