The Week Ahead


Tuesday, Apr. 21 -- In a week that contains little economic news, the financial markets will focus on the weekly retail reports, especially after the Commerce Dept. said that March retail sales fell 0.1%. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi/Schroder Wertheim report, released at 9 a.m., and the LJR Redbook Report, due at 2:15 p.m., will gauge retail buying for the week ended Apr. 18. The survey results vary because each analyzes data from different store chains. For the week of Apr. 11, the last shopping days before Easter, the Mitsubishi survey showed that sales so far in April were up 1.4% from March, while the Redbook report said that sales rose 3.8%.

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