U.S. Retail Sales Up 0.1% in April

The U.S. Census Bureau announced on May 13th that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $419.0 billion, an increase of 0.1 percent from the previous month, and 3.7 percent above April 2012.
U.S. Census Bureau, duarte.ricardo@tradingeconomics.com 5/13/2013 1:58:39 PM

Total sales for the February through April 2013 period were up 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago. The February to March 2013 percent change was revised from -0.4 percent (±0.5%)* to -0.5 percent (±0.2%).

Retail trade sales were virtually unchanged (±0.5%)* from March 2013 and 3.6 percent (±0.7%) above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 15.4 percent (±2.0) from April 2012 and auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 8.8 percent (±2.0) from last year.

Main contrubutors to the month over month increase were: motor vehicles (+1), electronics and appliances (+0.8), building materials (+1.5) and clothing (+1.2). The value sales of food and gasoline decreased.


U.S. Retail Sales Up 0.1% in April