By and  on May 7, 2009

Retailers experienced a mild spring thaw last month, but hardly April showers of customers’ dollars.

The shift of Easter into April and the first signs of spring weather helped most retailers trim the decreases in their comparable-store sales last month, and in some cases, even raise their margins and first-quarter guidance. But declines remained widespread and sometimes steep, especially for high-end retailers continuing to take the biggest bashing as consumers opt for value or a total break from spending.

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