Shoppers replenishing following winter storms in the East as well as an earlier Easter holiday than last March contributed to a 9.2% comparable-store sales increase among 30 publicly traded retailers reporting monthly sales figures Thursday. The same group combined for a 4.7% comparable-store sales decrease last March, according to Kantar Retail, London. “Everything from the weather to the calendar helped drive more shoppers into retail stores in March,” said Frank Badillo, senior economist ...

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