SAO PAULO, April 13 Retail sales volumes in
Brazil f ell 0.5 percent in February from January,
the government statistics agency IBGE said on Friday.
Retail sales had been expected to fall 0.4 percent,
according to the median estimate of 20 economists polled by
Reuters. Forecasts ranged from a fall of 1 percent to no growth.
However, February's retail sales jumped 9.6 percent from the
year-earlier period, the IBGE added, more than the
9 percent median estimate in the Reuters poll. Forecasts ranged
from 7.5 percent to 9.8 percent gains.