Report: Consumer spending up in March

ATLANTA Consumer spending in the U.S. retail sector, including restaurants, showed its strongest signs yet of recovery last month, according to a Friday report from First Data, a payment card processing firm.

In the Atlanta-based company’s “SpendTrend Report” for March of 2010, First Data said a stabilized unemployment rate, a 10-percent year-to-year increase in tax returns and early Easter spending powered the retail industry to its highest gains in

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