U.S. retail sales rebounded 0.1% in April, but was down 0.1% excluding autos U.S. retail sales rebounded 0.1% in April, but was down 0.1% excluding autos. March's 0.4% headline decline was revised down slightly to -0.5% from -0.4%, while February's 1.0% gain was revised to 1.1%. The 0.4% decline in ex-autos from March was not revised. But the 1.0% February gain was boosted to 1.1%. Retail sales excluding autos, gas, and building materials rose 0.6% versus unchanged in March (revised from -0.2%). Vehicle and parts sales rebounded 1.0%. Gas station sales dropped 4.7%. Building materials climbed 1.5%. Furniture sales were flat. Electronics sales edged up 0.8%. Clothing rose 1.2%. Non-store retailers were up 1.4%. Miscellaneous sales inched up 0.1%. Sales were better than expected.
Retail Sales data reported April Retail Sales up 0.1% vs consensus of -0.3% for the month
U.S. Retail Sales Preview U.S. Retail Sales Preview: April retail sales are expected to reveal further declines. Analysts expect the headline to decline by 0.4% (median -0.3%) with the ex-autos figure falling by -0.4% (median -0.1%) as well. Both measures were also down by 0.4% in March as well.