February’s 8.64 percent rise in retail spending was the first sign of what might be a sizeable turnaround in retail activity, and March’s 11 percent increase over March 2010 and 24 percent increase over sales a month ago is reason to believe a trend may be developing in this important economic measure.
Total retail sales in March were $475 million, compared with $382 million in February and $427 million in March a year ago.
In 2010, the parish ended up a small 0.78 percent, thanks in large part to a strong showing in December. December spending topped the $517 million mark, making it the fourth highest month on record for the parish, and total sales for the year were $4.8 billion.
Date Total Retail Sales