By  on April 12, 2016

Although varied weather patterns across the U.S. triggered mixed traffic results at retail last week, mild temperatures in certain regions helped boost sales at mass and department stores. Looking at the broader economy, several factors –— including slower job growth and decelerating manufacturing production — are expected to result a more stagnant gross domestic product, according to the S&P.

For the week ended Saturday, April 9, the Retail Economist-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index showed a 1.3 percent increase over the prior week. Year-over-year sales rose 2 percent, which was more robust than the index had been trending in the past few weeks.

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