Retail Sales Rose 0.3% in April

Sales at nonstore retailers grew 0.6% following March's 0.9% increase.

The solid result could contribute to a rebound in GDP growth in the second quarter of the year, especially after sales figures for March were better than initially reported.

There were $497.6 billion in retail and food service sales in April, up 0.3% from the previous month and 4.7% from April 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The February 2018 to March 2018 percent change was revised from up 0.6% to up 0.8%.

Sales remain a healthy 4.7 per cent stronger than the same month past year.

Core retail sales - excluding automobiles and parts - rose 0.3%.

Sales at gasoline stations rose 0.8% during April after growing 0.3% in March.

But April's numbers pointed to a return to the pre-storm trend as American consumers plunked down more cash in for clothing, furniture, building materials and groceries. Gasoline Stations were up 11.7% from April 2017, while Nonstore Retailers were up 9.6% from a year ago.

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