Census Bureau: June Retail Sales Strong

The United States Census Bureau has reported that June retail trade sales, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, gained 0.7% from May and 2.4% from June 2015.

Within the retail trade category, nonstore retailers, including e-commerce, experienced a 14.2% sales increase from June 2015. Sales at health and personal care stores advanced 8.4% from June of last year. For the month, year over year, sales at buildings material and garden equipment and suppliers dealers increased 7.6%, while gains also registered at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores, up 6.8%, miscellaneous store retailers, up 6.1%, furniture stores and other home furnishings stores, up 2.7%, food and beverage stores, up 2.7%, motor vehicle and parts dealers, up 1%.

Sales at general merchandise stores declined 0.2% with department store segment revenues down 3.7%, with those at clothing and clothing accessories stores slipping 0.9% and those at electronics and appliance stores slipping 4.7% versus June of last year. Sales at gasoline stations fell by 9.6% in June year over year, while those at food service and drinking places gained 4.9%.

The advance estimates of the combined U.S. retail and food services sales for June increased 0.6% from May and 2.7% from June 2015.