Retail Sales Down in March

Washington, DC, April 12, 2013 -- Retail sales declined in March for the second time in three months, according to the Commerce Department.

Retail sales slipped 0.4% during the month. Analysts expected that sales would be flat.

Readings for retail sales have been volatile so far this year.

Stripping out cars, gasoline and building materials, sales fell 0.2%.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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