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May 14, 2010 10:20 AM, EDT

Retail Sales Rise for Seventh Straight Month

Retail sales rose 0.4% in April, the seventh consecutive monthly increase, the Commerce Department said Friday.

The increase followed a revised 2.1% gain in March that was larger than originally reported.

Economists had forecast sales would rise 0.2%, Bloomberg reported.

Almost all trucking operations depend on the health of retail sales because such sales involve nearly every type of cargo.