Retail Sales Numbers Beat Expectations, Rise 0.8 Percent In March

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A pedestrian carrying a shopping bag walks by a mural with a shopping... News PhotoBag,Business,Carrying,Finance,Horizontal,Merchandise,Mural,New York City,Pedestrian,Retail,Shopping,Topics,USA,WalkingPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: A pedestrian carrying a shopping bag walks by a mural with a shopping theme on April 16, 2012 in New York City. Despite high energy prices, the Commerce Department reported today that retail sales beat expectations in March with an 0.8 percent rise compared to a 1.0 percent increase in February. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)