U.S. Retail Report

The 3-month moving average of total U.S. retail sales was at $473.9 billion in May, an increase of 4.4% from the year prior. Core retail sales, which exclude the Autos and Gas categories, have increased 3.8%.

Sales at the Census Bureau’s defined GAFO measure, comprised of department store categories, are up only 0.7% year over year while sales at all Non-GAFO categories have risen 5.5%.

Total retail sales are around 26% higher than their pre-crisis peak level.

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