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Retail Trade Statistics - May 2009
Jun 15, 2009
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Retail sales in the United States increased by the largest amount in four months in May, but sales at Appliance and Electronics Stores were down slightly. The U.S. Commerce Department report said retail sales in May increased by 0.5%. It was the largest increase since sales increased by 1.7% in January.

Sales were up at hardware stores, grocery stores, and and health stores, and by 0.5% with auto sales. Yet, sales at consumer electronics and appliance specialty retailers fell 13%.


Adjusted , Estimated Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, by Kind of Business
Total sales estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey, Monthly Retail Trade Survey, and administrative records.

  Kind of Business
May 2009
(advance estimate)
April 2009
(preliminary estimate)
March 2009
(revised estimate)
May 2008
(revised estimate)
April 2008
(revised estimate)
  Retail & food services, Total
339,993
338,422
339,228
375,912
376,009
  Total excluding motor vehicles & parts
284,708
283,399
283,970
307,175
305,873
  Retail
301,682
300,168
301,057
338,049
338,429
definition GAFO - Comprised of: furniture & home furnishings; electronics & appliances; clothing & accessories; sporting goods, hobby, book, and music; general merchandise; and office supply, stationery, and gift stores.
not avail.
93,600
93,891
98,549
97,740
             
definition Electronics & appliance stores
8,383
8,425
8,502
9,641
9,471
definition Appliance, TV & camera stores
not avail.
6,574
6,651
7,732
7,562
definition Computer & software stores
not avail.
1,851
1,851
1,909
1,909
             
definition Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers
24,612
24,299
24,435
27,451
27,473
definition Building materials & supplies dealers
not avail.
20,202
20,360
23,497
23,715
             
definition General merchandise stores
49,515
49,620
49,722
50,368
49,746
definition Department stores, excluding leased departments (LD)
15,768
15,880
15,922
16,978
16,924
definition Department stores, including LD
not avail.
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
definition Other general merchandise stores
not avail.
33,740
33,800
33,390
32,822
definition Warehouse clubs & supercenters
not avail.
29,893
29,960
29,585
29,065
definition All other general merchandise stores
not avail.
3,847
3,840
3,805
3,757
             
definition Nonstore retailers
23,584
23,670
23,704
25,388
25,616
definition Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
not avail.
17,011
17,000
17,142
17,412

 


Adjusted estimates:
"Estimates are concurrently adjusted for seasonal variation and for holiday and trading day differences, but not for price changes." (see http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html )

Advance estimates:
"Advance estimates are based on early reports obtained from a small sample of firms selected from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MRTS) sample. All other estimates are from the MRTS sample."

Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce

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