MI retailers see sales decline in March

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Michigan stores experienced a drop in sales in March with their fingers crossed that summer tourism will bring a rise.

Andrea Bitley with the Michigan Retailers Association says business owners are being strained by the cost of products and shipping.

“The cost of freight — that includes planes, trains, and automobiles — to transport goods to market,” Bitely said. “So that cost is going up, which means, therefore, the cost of goods going to market. So retailers are monitoring really closely the cost that they’re passing along to consumers.”

According to Bitley, 62% of stores are optimistic that sales will rise the next three months. She credits the summer tourism season, with a big boost projected up north.