- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Retail sales decreased by 0.4 percent in April compared to March and were 10.1 percent less than at the same time last year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

Analysts expected no change after retails sales fell by 1.1 percent in March.

The department reported $337.7 billion in April sales, including food services.

Sales from February through April were down 9.2 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Retail trade sales also decreased last month, down 0.4 percent from March 2009 and down 11.4 percent from April 2008.

The agency reported sales from gasoline stations were down 36.4 percent from April 2008, and sales from auto-and-parts dealers were down 20.7 percent from last year.

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