Retail Sales Appear to Increase in July
The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July rose 0.4 percent were $362.7 billion from June, and 5.5 percent above July 2009.
Those figures were adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.
Total sales for the May through July 2010 period were up 5.9 percent from the same period a year ago. The May to June 2010 percent change was revised from -0.5 percent to -0.3 percent.