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Retail sales crater a record 16.4% in April amid coronavirus lockdowns and spending slump

Posted on AllSides May 15th, 2020
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The numbers: Sales at U.S. retailers sank a record 16.4% in April after coronavirus lockdowns shuttered much of the economy, cost millions of jobs and spawned an unprecedented slump in consumer spending.

Retail sales tumbled in every category except online shopping, the government said Friday. Sales also sank by a revised 8.3% in March, easily marking the worst back-to-back declines in modern American history.

Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a 12.5% plunge.

What happened: Receipts at auto dealers fell more than 12% as sales fell to the lowest level in...

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