Retail sales rise in March

Consumers may be gaining more confidence in their finances, according to a recent report indicating a rise in retail sales.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau said retail and food services sales increased 0.4 percent in March, while sales at gas stations rose 2.6 percent.

"Two years after the worst recession in generations, our economy is strengthening and businesses are hiring again; today’s numbers are another sign of continued growth," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

One area that did not see improvements was motor vehicle sales, which fell 1.7 percent. This drop may stem from a slight uncertainty in the market, resulting from the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster.

With consumers increasing their spending and feeling better about their financial standing, many may be looking for ways to improve their credit as well. One common way to boost a score is with credit repair.

Individuals may be suffering credit damage as a result of an error or inaccuracy on their credit reports. In many cases, they may not even be aware of the problem, which is why it's important they check their credit reports regularly. Consumers who spot an unfair item or a credit reporting mistake may want to contact a credit lawyer who may be able to help them remove the blemish quickly and efficiently.