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Retailers' sales for April show spending slowdown

Anne d'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are reporting sales gains for April that show a slowdown in spending from the previous month as cooler weather, an early Easter and renewed worries about the economy dampened shoppers' enthusiasm to buy.

As merchants report their sales figures Thursday, Costco Wholesale Corp. and Target Corp. posted gains that were smaller than Wall Street expected. Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. posted a bigger-than-expected sales drop.

The figures are based on revenue at stores open at least a year. That metric is considered a key indicator of a retail health because it measures growth at established locations while excluding results from stores recently opened or closed.