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Michigan retailers see sales drop in February

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LANSING (WKZO) -- Reports of a slowly improving Michigan economy aren't doing much for retailers in the state.

The Michigan Retailers Association says that forecasts for sales this spring have fallen following a dip in February sales as reported in the Michigan Retail Index, reflecting what they say are consumer adjustments to higher payroll taxes, continued high unemployment figures, and a spike in gasoline prices.  Looking ahead, 59-percent of retailers expect higher sales figures by the end of May, with eight-percent expecting a drop and 33-percent expecting no change at all.

Overall, sales figures for February when finally tallied were down from a year ago by by roughly one-percent nationally.

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