Early Easter, Good Weather Boost Retail Sales

An early Easter and a spring thaw helped spur shoppers into stores in March, and retailers now expect to post healthy gains for the month. The International Council of Shopping Centers said for the week ending April 3, sales were up 2.1% over the week before and 4.7% over the same time last year.

Easter spending is on the rise

If you're looking for signs that our chilly economic situation is beginning to thaw, you may want to check out the family Easter basket. According...