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April Retail Sales Up 23%, Restaurant Sales Up 119%, Per Mastercard

Retail sales (excluding automotive and gasoline) rose 23.3% year-over-year in April, and were up 10.8% compared to April 2019, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures U.S. in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. Online sales in April grew 19.9% and 95.6%, respectively, compared to the same periods. Spending at restaurants grew 118.8% in April versus the year-ago period when widespread shutdowns crippled the industry, and were up 5.7% compared to 2019.

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