The Week Ahead

RETAIL SALES

Tuesday, Apr. 13, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Retail sales likely increased 0.3% in March after a 0.9% surge in February, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Excluding vehicles sales, store receipts probably rose 0.4% in March, after February's 0.6% gain. Real consumer spending appears to have grown at an annual rate of around 5% in the first quarter.

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