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The U.S. Commerce Department released the retail sales data on Wednesday. The U.S. retail sales declined 0.3% in March, missing expectations for a 0.1% rise, after a 0.1% fall in February.
The decrease was mainly driven by a fall in sales at auto dealerships.
Sales at clothing retailers were down 0.9% in March, sales at building material and garden equipment stores increased 1.4%, while sales at auto dealerships slid 2.1%.
Retail sales excluding automobiles rose 0.2% in March, missing expectations for a 0.5% increase, after a 0.1% decline in February.
Sales at service stations climbed 0.9% in March, while sales at furniture stores rose 0.3%.
These figures indicates that the U.S. economic growth was weak in the first quarter.
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