U.S. retail and food services sales for April increased slightly, but home channel sales increased more.
Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, the NAICS 444 category that includes lumberyards, home centers and hardware stores, showed sales of $25.5 billion, according to the government data. That's up 1.5% from the previous month, and up 4.1% from the same month a year ago.
That compares to increases of 0.1% and 3.7%, respectively, for all U.S. retail and food services sales.
The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $419.0 billion.
Nonstore retailers were up 15.4% from April 2012 and auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 8.8% from last year.