The National Retail Federation calculates monthly retail sales figures that exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.
March retail sales gains are ‘very encouraging’
March retail sales as defined by NRF were up one percent month-over-month and 0.8 percent year over year.
Retail imports rising again as summer approaches
Retail imports should total 1.75 million containers in April, up 6.9 percent from 2018.
February retail sales increased 2.7 percent over 2018
Retail sales were down 0.7 percent in February from January but up 2.7 percent year-over-year.