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Stimulus Checks Lift March Retail Sales By Almost 10 Pct

In a pushback to the adage that things rarely go as planned, the federal government’s third round of stimulus checks, which were issued last month to boost spending and the economy, worked exactly as lawmakers had hoped, lifting March retail sales by a much better-than-expected 9.8 percent, per the latest Census report. Although the disbursement of $1,400 checks to an estimated 150 million Americans only took place in the second half...