Retail sales rose more than projected in October as Americans snapped up Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones and demand for automobiles improved, giving the worldâs largest economy a boost entering the final quarter of 2011. The 0.5 percent gain followed a 1.1 percent increase for September, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was a rise of 0.3 percent. Purchases of electronics jumped by the most in two years. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...-more-than-forecast-on-electronics-autos.html Retail sales beating forecasts. HavenÂ´t read that headline for a long time.