The U.S. released the retail sales index for the month of July, where retail sales rose by 0.5% in line with expectations and following the prior revised rise of 0.3%, while retail sales excluding autos increased by 0.5% above median estimates of 0.3%, and compared with a prior revised rise of 0.2%, and finally, retail sales excluding autos and gas increased by 0.3%, also above estimates of 0.2% and following a prior revised rise of 0.5%.