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May 2020 US Retail Sales: Total Year-over-Year Growth Turns Positive; Declines at Discretionary Sectors Ease While Food Stores and Nonstore Retailers See Strong Growth

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Coresight Research’s monthly reports keep you up to date on US and UK retail sales, US retail traffic and in-store metrics and key global consumer indicators. Click here to view our full collection of Monthly Reports.

Highlights from our May 2020 US Retail Sales Report:

Most sectors witnessed the easing of sales declines in May, as US consumers resumed spending following the reopening of stores post lockdown. Growth in total US retail sales excluding gasoline and automobiles turned positive on a year-over-year basis, driven by double-digit growth at food stores, home-improvement retailers and nonstore retailers.

Using data from the US Census Bureau, this report looks at which retail sectors saw sales surge and which did not do well in May 2020.

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