Sales Jump in June
July 25, 2005,
Aided by a big spike in car sales, and further helped by warm summer weather spurring sales of seasonal goods, retail sales jumped 1.7 percent in June, rebounding from a 0.3 percent dip the month before.
Sales were strong across the board, with only one channel recording a small decline — health and personal care stores — where sales were off 0.2 percent.
Following car sales, the biggest gainer was gas stations, where higher prices resulted in a 1.9 percent increase in sales.
Home-related categories posted mixed results. Furniture and home furnishings stores rose 0.9 percent, but sales edged up just 0.2 percent for electronics and appliance stores and building material and garden supply outlets.
Helped by warming weather across the country, spurring sales of seasonal goods, department store sales climbed 1.3 percent, while sales in clothing and accessory stores rose 1 percent.
Retail sales in June
|Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
|Clothing & accessories||1.0|
|Furniture & home furn. stores||0.9|
|Sporting goods, books, music||0.4|
|Restaurants & bars||0.4|
|Electronics & appliances||0.2|
|Building mat./garden supplies||0.2|
|Health & personal care stores||-0.2%|