Census Bureau: July Retail Sales Gain

Retail sales heated up in July, the United States Census Bureau has reported.

According to the Census Bureau, advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday as well as trading-day differences but not for price changes, were up 0.6% to $478.9 billion from the previous month and 4.2% from the same month in 2016. Retail trade sales, broken out, gained 0.6% from June and 4.3% from July of last year.

By trade channel as defined by the Census Bureau, sales for non-store retailers, heavily represented by e-commerce operators, were up 11.5% from July 2016.

Sales at building materials and garden equipment and supplies dealers gained 8.3% in July year over year, the Census Bureau stated. At furniture and home furnishings stores, sales advanced 5.6% from July 2016. They were up at 2.3% at food and beverage stores, including a 2% gain at grocery stores and 2% at general merchandise stores. Department stores were down 1.3%, 1.5% at health and personal care stores, and 1.5% at clothing and clothing accessories stores. They were down 0.9% at electronics and appliance stores and 4.2% at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores compared with July 2016. Sales reported in the miscellaneous store retailers category gained 2.9% in the month year over year.