UPDATE 1-Canada snow makes retail growth lukewarm in March

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(Adds details) OTTAWA, May 22 (Reuters) - Heavy snowfall at the end of the Canadian winter dampened March retail sales, which clawed up just 0.1 percent despite gains in the heavyweight auto sector, Statistics Canada said on Thursday. The median market forecast was for a 0.3 percent gain. Excluding autos, sales were unchanged in March, again falling below expectations for a 0.5 percent increase. However, stripping out price changes reveals that sales volume rose about 0.5 percent, ...

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