The U.S. Census Bureau announced Thursday that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $421.1 billion, an increase of 0.6% from the previous month, and 4.3% above May 2012.
Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers -- NAICS code 444 companies -- were up 10.1% from last year. The sector’s adjusted sales were $26.387 billion, up from $26.158 billion in April.
Other results from today’s report include:
• Total sales for the March through May 2013 period were up 3.7% from the same period a year ago.
• The March to April 2013 percent change was unrevised from 0.1%.
• Retail trade sales were up 0.7% from April 2013 and 4.3% above last year.
• Nonstore retailers were up 11.3% from May 2012.