TABLE-US chain store sales rose 1.4 pct last wk-Redbook

Muddling through at modestly positive numbers.

(Reuters) Redbook Research on Tuesday released the following seasonally adjusted weekly data on U.S. chain store sales:

Year-over-year: Week (w/e 5/3/08 vs year ago)         1.4 pct
Year-over-year:Month (April 2008 vs April 2007)       1.6 pct
Month-over-month: (April 2008 vs March 2008)         -1.6 pct

The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index is a sales-weighted index of year-over-year same-store sales growth in a sample of large U.S. general merchandise retailers representing about 9,000 stores.

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