The U.S. Census Bureau reported that advance estimates of U.S. Retail industry sales for May (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) rose 4.9% unadjusted over last year and 1.5% seasonally adjusted from April. The report estimates that sales in the Sporting Goods, Book and Music Store sector were up 1.8% from April and 2.5% from May last year.
Total retail and food services sales for May, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $377.9 billion, an increase of 1.4% (±0.7%) from the previous month and 5.0% (±0.7%) above May 2006.
Retail trade sales were up 1.5% (±0.7%) from April 2007 and were 4.9% (±0.8%) above last year. Clothing and clothing accessories stores were up 7.8% (±1.5%) from May 2006 and sales of non-store retailers were up 7.7% (±4.5%) from last year.