The Week Ahead

RETAIL SALES

Thursday, Apr. 13, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Retail buying probably increased by 0.4% in March, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Excluding cars, sales likely grew 0.5%. In February, record car sales pushed retail sales up 1.1%. But even without vehicles, sales jumped 1%.

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