Advance estimates of retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $439.8 billion.
This is essentially unchanged from June’s sales, and follows five consecutive months of increases. Retail sales are up 3.7% from July 2013.
Sales increased the most in July for the miscellaneous retailers category, rising 0.9%. The general merchandise category declined the most, falling by 0.5%.