There were $453.4 billion of retail and food service sales in April (after adjustment for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes), up 1.3% from the previous month and 3.0% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Core retail sales – excluding automobiles and parts – increased 0.8% after rising 0.4% in the previous month. Year-over-year core sales increased 3.0%.
Retail trade sales rose 1.4% on the month after falling 0.3% in March, but rose 2.7% from a year ago.
Sales at gasoline stations increased 2.2% in April, but were 9.4% lower than a year ago. Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers rose 3.2% on the month and were 3.1% higher than in April 2015.
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