U.S. retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as virus hit

U.S. RETAIL SALES declined 16.4% month to month in April. / AP FILE PHOTO/TONY DEJAK
U.S. RETAIL SALES declined 16.4% month to month in April. / AP FILE PHOTO/TONY DEJAK
BALTIMORE (AP) – United States retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened stores across the country and weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail purchases showed a sector that has collapsed so quickly that sales…

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