A 6.9% gain in building material and garden supply store sales led this morning's surprisingly...

|By:, SA News Editor

A 6.9% gain in building material and garden supply store sales led this morning's surprisingly strong retail numbers, presumably a side effect of the home-buyer tax credit. But the "cash for appliances" stimulus failed to boost sales, with furniture sales down 1.2%, and electronic and appliance sales off 0.4%.