Retail sales got a nice bump last month.
The Commerce Department reports a solid gain by nonstore retailers pushed overall sales to $474.9 billion in April, up 0.4% from the month before and 4.5% above the same month a year earlier.
In addition, the government Revised its report on March sales to show a gain of 0.1% instead of its earlier estimate of a 0,2% decline.
The 1.4% advance enjoyed by nonstore retailers led the way followed by electronics & appliance stores (+1.3%), building material and garden equipment supplies dealers (+1.2%) and auto dealers (+0.8%).
Declines in sales of 0.5% were experienced by furniture & home furnishings stores, clothing & clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores, while grocery stores sales slumped 0.4%.
The complete report is available on the Commerce Department website.