by Bill McBride on 6/14/2017 08:39:00 AM
On a monthly basis, retail sales decreased 0.3 percent from April to May (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 3.8 percent from May 2016.
From the Census Bureau report:
Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $473.8 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent from the previous month, and 3.8 percent above May 2016. … The March 2017 to April 2017 percent change was unrevised at 0.4 percent.
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This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales and food service, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).
Retail sales ex-gasoline were down 0.1% in May.
The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993.
Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by3.7% on a YoY basis.
The decrease in May was below expectations. A disappointing report.