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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services


Advance Estimates of U.S. Retail and Food Services

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May 2024, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $703.1 billion, up 0.1 percent (±0.4 percent)* from the previous month, and up 2.3 percent (±0.5 percent) above May 2023. Total sales for the March 2024 through May 2024 period were up 2.9 percent (±0.5 percent) from the same period a year ago. The March 2024 to April 2024 percent change was revised from virtually unchanged (±0.4 percent)* to down 0.2 percent (±0.2 percent)*.

Retail trade sales were up 0.2 percent (±0.4 percent)* from April 2024, and up 2.0 percent (±0.5 percent) above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 6.8 percent (±1.4 percent) from last year, while food services and drinking places were up 3.8 percent (±2.3 percent) from May 2023.


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