Investing.com - U.S. retail sales rose 0.6% in March the Commerce Department said on Monday.
This was compared to a 0.1% drop in the previous month.
Economists had forecast a reading of 0.4%.
Rising retail sales over time correlate with stronger economic growth, while weaker sales signal a declining economy.
Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, rose 0.2% in March.
That matched the previous month’s increase and was in line with consensus.
Core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product.