Retail Sales Rose in February

There were $474.0 billion in retail and food service sales in February, up 0.1% from the previous month and 5.7% from February 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Core retail sales – excluding automobiles and parts – increased 0.2% after rising by 1.2% in January. Year-over-year core sales increased 5.7%.

Retail trade sales increased 0.1% from January and are up 5.9% from last year. Sales at nonstore retailers increased 1.2% from January, while increasing 13.0% year-over-year.

Sales at gasoline stations declined 0.6% during the month, but are up 19.6% from a year ago.

Read the Census release.