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May 15, 2024

Month over month (April 2024 vs March 2024, seasonally adjusted)

The US Census Bureau announced today that the advance estimates of U.S retail and food service sales increased 0.02%. Excluding food services and drinking places, retail trade sales decreased 0.01%. Food service and drinking place receipts increased 0.2%.                       

Year-over-year (April 2024 vs April 2023, seasonally adjusted)

US retail trade and food services increased 3.0%. Retail trade increased 2.7% and food services and drinking places sales increased 5.5%.

Year-to-date (January-April 2024 vs January-April 2023)

Sales were up in 7 of 12 retail categories. The largest decline (in percentage terms) was seen in furniture while the fastest gains were in non-store retailers and Miscellaneous stores.

Source: US Census Bureau. retrieved from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using a FRED API.

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