Retail sales got slight boost in May

Retail sales rose slightly in May, the second month of growth for the sector.

The U.S. Commerce Department said retail sales (excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services) rose 0.4 percent on top of a 1.3 percent gain in April.

There was even good news for apparel, as sales at clothing stores rose 0.8 percent. Sporting goods and hobby stores jumped 1.3 percent, while restaurants and bars also saw 0.8 percent gains.

Electronics and appliance stores rose slightly (0.3 percent), but home improvement, building materials and garden outlets dropped 1.8 percent.

The report follows a weak jobs report in May.

For more:
- see this CNBC story
- see this Wall Street Journal story

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