In this March 24, 2014 photo, a pedestrian passes a J.Crew store in the Shadyside shopping district of Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department reports on retail sales for March on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

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