Two straight months of improving retail sales came to an end last month.
The Commerce Department said total retail sales fell just over a percent in March, compared with February's revised gain of point three percent.
Highland TV and Appliance which has stores in New Bern and Kinston say they've seen a dip in things like televisions, but a gain in home appliances and custom kitchen sets.
Economists had been expecting a slight increase last month.
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