ANALYSTS: 0.1% SALES DIP MIGHT BE WEATHER-RELATED

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Grocery retail sales figures slipped slightly last month, but analysts said the 0.1% decline from December in seasonally adjusted dollars was probably due to the weather. According to Commerce Department figures released last week, grocery store sales hit $33.8 billion in January.ales rose a moderate 0.6% in January to $209 billion, a 4.9% increase over the same month last year.Cody

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Grocery retail sales figures slipped slightly last month, but analysts said the 0.1% decline from December in seasonally adjusted dollars was probably due to the weather. According to Commerce Department figures released last week, grocery store sales hit $33.8 billion in January.

ales rose a moderate 0.6% in January to $209 billion, a 4.9% increase over the same month last year.

Cody S. McGarraugh, an analyst with Scott & Stringfellow in Richmond, Va.,

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