WASHINGTON — Whereas furnishings and residential furnishings gross sales dipped barely in Could, which mimicked the general retail image for the month, the class remained one of many strongest performers for 2021 within the Division of Commerce’s advance month-to-month report on retail gross sales.
Superior estimates, which launched on June 15, say furnishings and residential furnishings gross sales totaled $12.24 billion in Could, down 2.1% from April’s preliminary estimate of $12.51 billion, however 2021’s $57.45 billion for the yr is up 49.5% for a similar interval in 2020.
The Could figures are 66.6% larger than Could 2020. The numbers from March by Could are 8.7% larger than the interval from December 2020 by February 2021.
Total, the DOC reported retail and meals companies complete got here in at $620.2 billion in Could, which represents a 1.3% dip from April’s $628.7 billion complete. For the yr, the total retail image sits at $2.91 trillion, up 23.9% from the identical timeframe in 2020. Retail’s three-month interval from March to Could is 11.9% larger than the previous three-month interval.
Whereas the Could image isn’t the rosiest for retail general, a couple of classes recorded gross sales will increase within the month. Clothes and clothes equipment shops led the best way with a 3% improve, whereas well being and private care shops and meals companies and consuming locations every added 1.8% within the month. Meals and beverage shops (up 1%) and fuel stations (up 0.7%) had been the one different classes to reverse the month’s pattern.
Constructing materials, backyard gear and provides sellers confirmed probably the most marked decline in Could of all segments, with 5.9% fewer gross sales in comparison with April, whereas miscellaneous retailer retailer (down 5%), motorized vehicle and components sellers (down 3.7%) and basic retailers (down 3.3%) additionally confirmed notable declines.
The DOC’s advance estimates are based mostly on a sub-sample of the U.S. Census Bureau’s full retail and meals companies pattern. A stratified random sampling methodology is used to pick out roughly 5,500 retail and meals companies companies whose gross sales are then weighted and benchmarked to signify the whole universe of greater than 3 million retail and meals companies companies.