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Retail Sales Decreased 1.3% in May

On a monthly basis, retail sales were decreased 1.3% from April to May (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 28.1 percent from May 2020.

From the Census Bureau report:

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May 2021, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $620.2 billion, a decrease of 1.3% from the previous month, but 28.1 percent above May 2020. … The March 2021 to April 2021 percent change was revised from virtually unchanged to up 0.9 percent.
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Retail Sales Click on graph for larger image.

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 1.5% in May.

The stimulus checks boosted retail sales significantly in March and April.

The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993.

Year-over-year change in Retail Sales Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 26.1% on a YoY basis.

Sales in May were below expectations, however sales in March and April were revised up.

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