German Retail Sales Up In March

Federal Statistical Office says German retail sales rose 3.9 percent in March in nominal terms over the same month last year as the country climbs out of its economic slump.

BERLIN (AP) -- The Federal Statistical Office says German retail sales rose 3.9 percent in March in nominal terms over the same month last year as the country climbs out of its economic slump.

The Wiesbaden-based office said Tuesday that sales rose 2.7 percent in March in real terms, when adjusted for the fact that March 2009 had one less day for stores to be open.

For the first quarter, retail trade was the same as that in the same quarter last year, but 0.8 percent down in real terms when adjusted for calendar days.

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