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Retail sales up marginally in April

May 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- Retail sales rose 0.1 percent in April over March with motor vehicle sales up 0.5 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

The gain was shy of expectations with economists predicting a 0.2 percent rise and short of March's gain, which was 0.7 percent.

Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for prices, rose from $407.8 billion in March to $408 billion in April.

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