March Retail Sales Lifted by Apparel

Consumers shopping for new spring apparel last month in anticipation of warmer weather helped to lift March retail sales.

Sales chill for retailers in March

A combination of cold, snowy weather and an earlier Easter meant that sales of spring or early summer merchandise got off to a chilly start for retailers in March.

Will spring sales be as slow as March?

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A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “March is cold and sales have been soft. Does this mean the rest of the season is going to be flat?”

Spring gets a lift from March retail sales

US Commerce Dept.: Unseasonably warm weather, an earlier Easter holiday and rising consumer confidence helped lift retail sales in March.

March same-store sales shine for apparel retailers

There were few losers among the retailers we track for the month of March, with a dozen retailers reporting positive results and just two retailers — Bon-Ton Stores and Stein Mart — in negative territory.

March same-store sales up a modest 2.5%

Same-store sales for the month of March rose an average of 2.5 percent according to Kantar Retail, which tracks monthly sales at major retailers. The lackluster performance was blamed on high fuel prices and a shift in the Easter holiday. “What’s encouraging is that the Easter-related letup in sales wasn’t as severe as expected by […]