UPDATE 1-Mexico March retail sales rise after three month decline

miércoles 21 de mayo de 2014 09:11 GYT

(Adds annual comparison, growth forecast)
    MEXICO CITY, May 21 (Reuters) - Mexican retail sales rose in
March for the first time in three months, boosting hopes for a
nascent recovery in consumer spending in Latin America's no. 2
    Mexican retail sales rose 0.8 percent in March from February
when adjusted for seasonal swings, its first expansion since
November 2013, the national statistics agency said on Wednesday.
    Growth in Mexico is expected to reach around 3 percent this
year, after sinking to a four-year low of 1.1 percent in 2013. 
 Retail      March 2014     Feb 2014        March 2013
 sales (pct                                 
 month/mont  0.8            -0.9            -0.2
 year/year   1.7            -1.7            -2.4
 (Reporting By Alexandra Alper)