The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $424.5 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent from the previous month, and 5.4 percent above July 2012.
Total sales for the May through July 2013 period were up 5.2 percent (±0.5 percent) from the same period a year ago. The May to June 2013 percent change was revised from +0.4 percent (±0.5 percent) to +0.6 percent (±0.2 percent).
Retail trade sales were up 0.1 percent (±0.5 percent) from June 2013 and 5.6 percent (±0.7 percent) above last year. Auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from July 2012 and nonstore retailers were up 8.8 percent (±2.1 percent) from last year.
Retail sales excluding cars, gasoline and building materials rose 0.5 percent.
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