Retail Sales Continue Upward Momentum in March
April 14, 2010,
WASHINGTON-In another sign that the U.S. economy is gaining pace, retail sales picked up 1.6 percent in March over February, finishing the month at a total of $363.2 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis.
That figure also represented a 7.6 percent increase over March 2009. It also included a 1 percent month-over-month rise in sales at department stores (excluding leased departments), to $16.1 billion; and a 1.5 percent gain in sales at furniture and home furnishings stores, which totaled $8.2 billion.