U.S. April retail sales gain points to healthier second quarter

THE VALUE OF U.S. retail sales increased 0.3 percent in April, matching median estimates.. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE
THE VALUE OF U.S. retail sales increased 0.3 percent in April, matching median estimates.. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE
NEW YORK - United States retail sales rose for a second month in April in broad fashion as bigger after-tax paychecks helped compensate for rising fuel costs, signaling consumer demand was off to a good start this quarter. The value of sales increased 0.3 percent, matching the median forecast, after a 0.8 percent advance in the…

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