Chain store sales increase

Sales from chain stores increased for the week ending March 8, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs. Sales for this week were up 2.1 percent from the same week a year prior.

The ICSC and Goldman Sachs Retail Chain Stores Sales Index was 547.4 for the week ending on March 8. This is a 1.3 percent increase from the week before. Researchers for ICSC forecast sales to increase by 3 percent in March. Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist, said in a statement sales should increase over the next few months.

"Although adverse winter weather continued to play havoc regionally, a bout of extremely warm temperatures in the West was favorable for spring seasonal categories."

With a push in sales forecasted for the spring, businesses may need a little extra help meeting the demands of the industry. Hiring experienced workers can be a great way to help keep up with production and make sure everything gets out on time. To help find efficient employees, businesses can enlist supply chain recruiters or operations recruiters to help them in their search.