FEATURE: Hope springs eternal

March retail sales fell 1.2 per cent on a like for like basis from March 2008 with some unseasonably warm weather.
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The boost benefitted clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure sales.

Comparisons are difficult though with the differences between the warm sunny weather this year and snow and rain last year in the same month as well as the impact of Easter moving dates.

With Easter falling in March in 2008 and in April this year, it comes with little surprise that the first quarter of 2009 looks behind last year for the toy industry.

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