U.S. Retail Sales Surge a Record 17.7% in May Compared to April

Year over year, however, May retail sales were down 6.1%

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The previous record for month-over-month retail increase was set in October 2001. Pixabay

U.S. retail and food service sales for May rose 17.7% to almost $486 billion versus April’s nearly $413 billion, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, a record month-over-month increase.

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@RichCollings richard.collings@adweek.com Richard Collings is a retail reporter at Adweek.