NEW YORK – Chain store sales fell 0.3% in the week ended April 28, according to the ICSC-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Snapshot released Tuesday.

Year-over-year basis retail sales were stronger, rising to a 4.2% growth rate.

"Sales for the week finished on a softer side as a late Nor'easter moved up the East Coast and cooler than normal temperatures throughout the country cooled overall spending," said Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist. "For April, ICSC expects that comp-store sales will increase between 3.0% and 4.0% compared with a "tough" Easter?sales?inflated gain of 8.5% in April 2011 when retailers report their monthly sales numbers for April this Thursday, May 3," Niemira added. 

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