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Welcome to the week ahead in business I'm Christina Scott.
March sales were down and forecasters expect spending to remain -- in April.
Analysts cite poor weather conditions as the leading driver keeping customers away.
Also next week housing starts are out.
Last month construction on new home sales rose 7%.
The high level since June of 2008.
Other data to watch for two important reports on inflation are out.
The Producer Price Index which tracks wholesale level prices is out on Wednesday.
And the Consumer Price Index which tracks the retail level prices is out on Thursday.
Two reports out on the US factory sector will also be released.
Industrial production for April is out on Wednesday and Philadelphia fed survey which gauges manufacturing in the Philadelphia region is out on Thursday.
And a key consumer sentiment report is on belt on Friday.
US consumers' confidence unexpectedly fell last month to the lowest levels since 2012.
That's it for the week ahead in New York -- Scotty Fox Business.
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