Retail Sales Jump in May
June 15, 2015,
WASHINGTON-U.S. retail sales finished May at an adjusted total of $444.9 billion, up 1.2 percent from April and 2.7 percent better than May of last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly retail sales report.
In the channels that sell home furnishings, furniture and home furnishings stores recorded a gain of 0.8 percent month to month and a robust 6.2 percent year over year. General merchandise stores’ sales were up 0.8 percent from April to May but down 0.4 percent from May of last year.
Department stores’ sales (excluding leased departments) gained 0.8 percent month to month but fell 3 percent from last year. Sales at nonstore retailers (which include catalogs and online) edged up 1.4 percent from April and jumped 7.8 percent from last year.
This also bodes well for retailers looking ahead at the rest of this year, Kleinhenz said. “Latest economic data show improvement in the economy, and we expect stronger sales growth as jobs and incomes pick up,” he said. “Nonetheless, stronger wage growth will be necessary to sustain further gains in retail sales.”
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