US Retail Sales rose in April at the slowest pace of the year, showing unseasonably mild weather and pre-Easter shopping may have pulled consumers to stores the prior month.
The 0.1 percent gain followed a 0.7 percent increase in March, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Economists projected an advance of 0.1 percent, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.
Categories like building materials, clothing and department stores dropped in April as the weather-induced gains of the first three months of 2012, the warmest on record, faded. Weaker employment growth will probably also make it more difficult for households to match last quarterâ€™s pace of spending, which was the fastest in more than a year.
â€œThe consumer is holding up,â€ said Neil Dutta , an economist at Bank of America Corp. in New York who correctly forecast the sales gain. â€œThe key thing here is to determine to what extent the weather had an effect, and itâ€™s pretty clear if you look at the components there was some weather impact.â€
The cost of living was little changed in April as fuel prices dropped, and manufacturing in the New York region expanded this month at a faster pace than projected, other reports showed.
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