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U.S. Retail Sales Probably Rose

Retail sales in the U.S. probably rose in March, showing consumers are weathering the jump in gasoline prices, economists said before a report today.

The 0.3 percent rise in purchases would follow a 1.1 percent advance in February that was the biggest in five months, according to the median forecast of 71 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. A separate report may show manufacturing in the New York region grew.