SUPERMARKET SALES OFF 0.3% IN APRIL

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Supermarket retail sales in April dropped 0.3%, but were still up 4.4% for the year, according to Commerce Department figures issued in mid-May.In March, grocery retail sales dropped 0.1%, but were up 5.5% on the year. Retail sales at food stores also dropped 0.3% in April, but were up 4.2% for the year."Obviously, individual stores are doing very well, because there is virtually

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Supermarket retail sales in April dropped 0.3%, but were still up 4.4% for the year, according to Commerce Department figures issued in mid-May.

In March, grocery retail sales dropped 0.1%, but were up 5.5% on the year. Retail sales at food stores also dropped 0.3% in April, but were up 4.2% for the year.

"Obviously, individual stores are doing very well, because there is virtually no inflation," said Don Ratajczak, director of the Economic Forecasting Cent

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