Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Retail Sales Unchanged in April

There were $436.8 billion of food and retail sales in April (after adjustment of seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This level was virtually unchanged from the previous month, but 0.9% higher from April of last year.

Core retail sales – excluding automobiles, building materials, and gasoline—increased by 0.2% in April, after rising by a half percent last month. Total sales, excluding automobiles and parts rose 0.1%, a slower increase from last month's growth of 0.7%, but unchanged from April 2014.

Retail trade sales declined 0.1% from both last month and April of 2014. Sales at gasoline stations declined by 0.7% on the month and were 21% lower than a year ago. Sales from department stores fell 2.2% from March, and were down 5.1% on the year.

Read the Census release

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