Auto sales drive retail performance for June
July 22, 2002,
Driven by a 3.4 percent surge in auto sales, which recovered from a slump the month before, retail sales advanced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.1 percent, the Commerce Department reported.
Sales at furniture and home furnishings stores were virtually flat, declining only slightly during June, but consumers were still lining up to buy electronics and appliances, and sales in those outlets rose at an annual rate of 0.8 percent.
Despite more moderate weather across the country, consumers shied away from do-it-yourself and spring cleaning, and sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers edged up a modest 0.2 percent, rallying after a small decline in May.
Whether it was the weather or vacations, consumers were eating out more and apparently cooking less in June. Sales at restaurants and bars advanced by 0.5 percent, but grocery stores saw their receipts slide by 0.4 percent. Sales at food and beverage stores were also off by 0.3 percent.
The biggest decline was in non-store retailing, where sales were off by 0.8 percent.
Retail sales in June (by channel)
|Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
|Clothing & apparel stores||+2.0|
|Electronics & appliance stores||+0.8|
|Department stores, chains & discounters||+0.7|
|Restaurants & bars||+0.5|
|Building materials & garden supplies||+0.2|
|Food & beverage stores||-0.3|
|Furniture & home furnishings||-0.0|