U.S. Retail Sales Jump Most in a Year on Consumer Rebound: Chart

What Happened to U.S. Retailers?

Despite dim prospects by retailers such as Macy’s Inc. this week, the U.S. consumer appears to be making a comeback. Sales at retailers jumped in April by the most in a year, after a 0.3 percent drop the prior month that was smaller than previously reported, Commerce Department figures showed Friday in Washington. Core sales -- which strip out categories such as autos, gasoline stations and building materials -- advanced 0.9 percent last month, the most since 2014.

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