After Slow Start, Retail Sales Seen Growing in 2007

NEW YORK Retail sales will improve steadily throughout the year after a slowdown at the end of 2006 carries over into the early part of 2007, according to a forecast by the National Retail Federation at the NRF Convention and Expo here last week. NRF projected retail sales excluding auto sales and sales at gas stations and restaurants would improve by 4.8% overall in 2007, following a gain of 6.3%

NEW YORK — Retail sales will improve steadily throughout the year after a slowdown at the end of 2006 carries over into the early part of 2007, according to a forecast by the National Retail Federation at the NRF Convention and Expo here last week.

NRF projected retail sales — excluding auto sales and sales at gas stations and restaurants — would improve by 4.8% overall in 2007, following a gain of 6.3% in 2006. Last year consumer spending started out strong before high energy

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