4/17/2012

Retail sales rose 0.8% in March, after a 1% rise in February, and restaurant sales increased 0.3%, indicating that consumers are continuing to spend in spite of higher gas prices, according to a Commerce Department report released Monday. Warm weather helped at restaurants including Fifty/50, in Chicago's Wicker Park, which got a boost in business when it opened its patio in mid-March instead of waiting until May.

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