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Chain Store Sales
Released On 6/6/2013 For May, 2013

Highlights
May was a solid month based on today's reports from chain stores where slightly more show higher year-on-year sales rates than lower rates. The results hint at an incremental gain for the government's ex-auto ex-gas category in May which may not sound that great but would, however, come on top of April's sizable 0.6 percent gain. Still a problem is the unseasonably cool weather which held down sales of seasonal goods in March and April and also, for some, once again in May. Most retailers continue to describe consumer spending as cautious and non-discretionary.

Definition
Monthly sales volumes from individual department, discount, apparel, and drugstore chains are usually reported on the first Thursday of each month. Chain store sales correspond with roughly 10 percent of retail sales. Chain store sales are an indicator of retail sales and consumer spending trends. There is no official composite number for each month's sales, merely sales figures for individual chains. Also, which chains release monthly numbers varies over time as corporate policies sometimes change in regard to providing monthly numbers to the public in addition to quarterly data.  Why Investors Care
 

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