(Reuters) - Spanish retail sales rose 1.5% in April from a year earlier on a seasonally and calendar-adjusted basis, after falling 4.1% in March, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Friday.
The growth compared with a 1.9% contraction expected by economists polled by Reuters.
The March figure was revised from a previous 4.2% contraction released last month, INE said.
(This story corrects paragraph 2 to show Reuters poll expected a 1.9% contraction, not expansion)
(Reporting by Joao Manuel Mauricio in Gdansk, editing by Inti Landauro)