DUESSELDORF, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Germany's HDE retail association on Tuesday confirmed its forecast that sales would increase by 2% this year to 537.4 billion euros ($593.34 billion), which would mark a tenth straight year of growth.
"Consumption defies the deterioration of the macroeconomic situation, consumer sentiment remains good," HDE Managing Director Stefan Genth told a news conference.
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(Reporting by Matthioas Inverardi, Writing by Riham Alkousaa, Editing by Tassilo Hummel)
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