GROCERY STORE SALES GROWTH DIPS IN MARCH

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Retail sales at grocery stores advanced 0.2% in March from February, which represented a slight decrease in the growth rate.In comparison, February grocery sales had advanced 0.4% from January, the Commerce Department reported.Year-to-year comparisons also showed a slower growth rate in March. Grocery store sales for that month in 1998 were up 0.1% from March 1997. February 1998

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Retail sales at grocery stores advanced 0.2% in March from February, which represented a slight decrease in the growth rate.

In comparison, February grocery sales had advanced 0.4% from January, the Commerce Department reported.

Year-to-year comparisons also showed a slower growth rate in March. Grocery store sales for that month in 1998 were up 0.1% from March 1997. February 1998 sales advanced 0.7% from February 1997.

Meanwhile, March retail sales

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