July Retail Sales Rise, Beat Forecasts

by Christopher Freeburn | August 14, 2012 9:38 am

July Retail Sales Rise, Beat Forecasts

Despite lingering concerns over high unemployment and signs of a slowing U.S. economy, American consumers were willing to spend more money last month[1].

The Commerce Department released data Tuesday morning showing that retail sales in the U.S. grew 0.8% in July.

The strength of last month’s increase surprised economists, who had predicted a 0.3% bump, Reuters noted. It also reversed three consecutive monthly declines for retail sales.

Gasoline sales rose 0.5% last month. Appliance and electronics sales saw a 0.9% gain in July, automobile sales increased 0.8% and construction supplies spending edged up 0.1%.

Removing fuel, cars and construction supplies, core retail sales jumped 0.9%. That marked the largest increase since the beginning of the year.

Last month, the government reported that U.S. retail sales in June had declined 0.5%, disappointing economists who had expected a 0.2% rise[2]. In today’s report, the June fall-off was revised to a deeper 0.7%.

Endnotes:
  1. willing to spend more money last month: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/08/14/retail-sales/
  2. economists who had expected a 0.2% rise: http://investorplace.com/2012/07/u-s-retail-sales-defy-forecasts-and-drop-in-june/

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