NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher after retailers reported better February sales and applications for unemployment benefits hit a four-year low.

The Dow Jones industrial average is up 60 points to 13,012 shortly after the opening bell.

The U.S. job market showed more signs of improvement on Thursday as the government reported the number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest point in four years.

A four-week average also dropped last week, to 354,000. That's also the lowest figure in four years.

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