March retail sales

Retail sales last month advanced by over 26%

NEW YORK — U.S. retail sales grew by double-digits in March as the nation marked the anniversary of the first COVID-19 lockdowns. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, reported that U.S. retail sales (excluding automotive and gasoline) increased 26.3% year over year in March. Online sales grew

Retail sales plummet amid pandemic

Retail sales plummet amid pandemic

WASHINGTON — Total retail sales fell dramatically in March as the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants, bars and many stores to temporarily close across the nation. But sales soared at grocery stores and were up at other retailers deemed “essential” as well, offsetting some of the decline. “COVID-19 has hit the retail industry unevenly,” NRF Chief