Retail sales fall 1.5 percent as clunker cash wears off

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 12:37 p.m. CDT; updated 5:27 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Retail sales declined in September by the largest amount this year as car sales plummeted following the end of the government's popular Cash for Clunkers program. But outside of autos, sales were better than expected.