Early signs are that US retail sales remained strong in February.
The International Council of Shopping Centers' monthly measure of sales in stores open at least a year surged 6.7% last month, the best year-on-year growth since April 2000.
The discount sector continued to perform strongly. Wal-Mart smashed its 3%-5% forecast with a 6.2% increase in same-store sales, while rival Target climbed 7.5%. Department store groups Federated and J C Penney also had a good month, with respective rises of 9% and 12.1%.
Data sourced from: multiple sources; additional content by WARC staff