AFP Americas News Agenda for April 12

Duty Editor: Joseph Krauss

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What's happening in the Americas on Friday:

CARACAS: Venezuela prepares to go to the polls on Sunday for a presidential election pitting acting leader Nicolas Maduro against opposition rival Henrique Capriles in the race to replace Hugo Chavez (VENEZUELA-VOTE)

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Commerce releases data on March retail sales. 1230 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-RETAIL-SALES)

-- The Department of Labor reports on producer prices in March, including its producer price index (PPI) reading on wholesale inflation. 1230 GMT. Coverage on merit (US-ECONOMY-INFLATION-WHOLESALE)