The Week Ahead

RETAIL SALES

Thursday, Mar. 11, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Retail sales likely grew 0.5% in February, according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. That's suggested by the healthy gains reported in weekly retail surveys. Excluding motor vehicles, retail buying likely also rose 0.5%. In January, both total retail sales and nonauto purchases increased 0.2%.

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