Retail spending unexpectedly drops as vehicle sales plummet
Why it matters: Weak car sales weighed on retail sales, as vehicles got more expensive, shortages persisted and borrowing costs rose. Stripping out autos, retail sales actually rose 0.5%.
Details: Overall retail sales eased from April's downwardly revised 0.7% increase.
- In May, consumers ramped up spending on services, including at food and beverage stores (+1.2%). Consumers cut back on goods, like furniture (-0.9%) and electronics (-1.3%).
The bottom line: The unexpected drop in retail sales, which aren't adjusted for inflation, ends a five-month streak of gains.