According to government data, sales at U.S. retailers rose in June by 0.6%, driven by car dealer incentives and higher gasoline prices.
However, NRF data (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) shows retail sales posted another contraction in June with a 3.8% unadjusted decline over last year. However, sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores sales as well as electronics and appliance stores posted a 0.9% increase in June sales. According to the National Retail Federation, health and personal care stores sales decreased 0.3% adjusted from last month but increased a solid 3.7% unadjusted year-over-year. Clothing and clothing accessories stores sales were flat adjusted month-to-month and decreased 6.2% unadjusted year-over-year.
The U.S. Commerce Department reported today that total retail sales (which include non-general merchandise categories such as autos, gasoline stations and restaurants) increased 0.6% seasonally adjusted from the previous month and decreased 7.8% unadjusted year-over-year.
UNADJUSTED RETAIL SALES
Jan 09: -2.1%
Feb 09: +1.4%
Mar 09: -3.7%
Apr 09: -1.7%
May 09: -4.7%
Jun 09: -3.8%
Source: National Retail Federation