According to the United States Census Bureau, 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 $473.81 billion, a decrease of 0.3% from April but up 3.8% from May 2016.
The bureau estimates that May retail sales slipped 0.3% from April 2017 to $417.7 billion but were up 4% from the month last year.
Furniture and home furnishings store sales in May increased 0.4% from April on an adjusted basis, and increased 4.4% year-over-year. Building material, garden equipment and supplies dealers sales were flat from April but up 10.8% from May 2016. Sales at health and personal care stores remained unchanged from April but increased 0.4% from May 2016. Sales at general merchandise stores decreased 0.3% from April but increased 1.3% from May of last year. May electronics and appliance store sales slid 2.8% from April but decreased 1.8% year-over-year.
In addition, sales at food and beverage stores increased by 0.1% from April and 2.4% from May the year prior. Sales at clothing and accessories stores increased 0.3% from April and 1% from May of the year previous, while sales at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores decreased 0.6% from April and decreased 4.7% from May 2016.
Non-store retailer sales advanced 0.8% from April and 10.2% from May of last year.