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Wed May 15, 2019, 08:02 AM

U.S. Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall Amid Weak Auto Purchases

Reade Pickert
May 15, 2019, 8:39 AM EDT Updated on May 15, 2019, 8:54 AM EDT
Bloomberg

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly declined in April for the second time in three months, weighed down by soft sales of autos and building materials and suggesting consumer spending will remain subdued this quarter.

The value of overall sales declined 0.2% after a 1.7% increase the prior month that was the strongest gain since 2017, according to Commerce Department figures released Wednesday. That compared with the median forecast in Bloomberg’s survey calling for a 0.2% rise.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-15/u-s-retail-sales-unexpectedly-fall-amid-weak-auto-purchases?srnd=premium

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 08:15 AM

1. Unexpectedly?

It would be unexpectedly if it rose. Secondly, the rise of missed car payments.

Booming economy, nope.

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Wed May 15, 2019, 08:45 AM

2. Two tenths of one percent?

Might that just be normal month to month variation? Especially since there was a one point seven percent increase the month before?

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