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Shoppers boost retail sales 0.9% in March
Shoppers boost retail sales 0.9% in March

Americans remained cautious about shopping in March, failing to splurge — even as lower gas prices put more money in their wallets. Retail sales climbed 0.9% last month from February to $441.4 billion, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Sales jumped 1.3% from March of last year. The lift in spending was a welcome sign after a winter of sales declines but fell below economists’ estimates of a 1% or higher jump in March from February. “2014 was a hard year,” said Sandy Simmons, 35. “I feel like the money is flowing a little easier” now. Shopping at the Figat7th mall in downtown L.A., the Mid-City resident said she plans to indulge more this year....