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Sales in the non-store retail sector, which includes pure-play e-commerce, increased by 12% in April to $51.4 billion, the thirteenth straight month of double-digit increases.
Sales at merchants of electronics and appliances rose 1.3 per cent in April after a 2.2 per cent jump. That is a major number and clearly can not be overlooked, especially when looking at how closely connected retail and consumer activity is tied to the freight transportation and logistics sectors on so many fronts, including trucking, intermodal, parcel, ocean, air, and e-commerce.
Non-store retailers-which is what the bureau calls Internet sales-were up 1.4 percent for the month, which is consistent with growth for that kind of retail. Factor out auto sales, and total retail sales for the month were up 0.3 percent. Core prices have risen 1.9 percent. Gasoline stations sales were up 12.3% from April 2016, while Nonstore Retailers were up 11.9% from a year ago.
With motor vehicles and gas stripped out, sales were up 0.3%, after a 0.4% increase in March. Gauges of consumer and business confidence remain high following last year's presidential election; the University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment was up 9% in April compared with a year earlier.
Shares in JC Penney sank 10% after it became the latest department store chain to report disappointing results. And inflation has ticked up, eroding most of that wage gain.
Turkish army, Syrian Kurdish militia in new clashes
Erdogan said the sight of American flags in the convoy alongside YPG insignia had "seriously saddened" Turkey. The base is 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Syria's Tal Abyad, a town controlled by the Kurdish militia.
Friday's report excluded consumer spending on most services, including medical care and housing.
Spending was uneven across other categories last month.
The Labor Department said that U.S. consumer prices increased by 0.2% in April, following a 0.3% fall in the previous month, taking the annual rate to 2.2%.
"Retail sales increased a solid 0.4% in April, better than the slim 0.1% gain in March but not the breakout performance markets had hoped to see", she commented in a research note. "Yet, with April sales a bit weaker than anticipated, we are trimming our projected of annualized growth in real consumer spending during the second quarter from 3.4% to 3.1%".
Atletico are very strong, they are not in the semi-finals by chance, and we must keep our concentration next Wednesday". In La Liga we did well, but [Atletico keeper Jan] Oblak made a lot of saves, and today the ball went in.
It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (COA). The BCCI members had convened the meeting to decide on India's participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
So, you ask, how can Scott seriously think she'd get back with him if he's been with at least 3 women over the last 6 months? After she ended her toxic relationship with longtime boyfriend Scott Disick, Kim's older sister regained her life back.
Josi scored on a slap shot with 5:49 left to prompt yet another standing ovation by the standing-room only crowd. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 22 saves, including a flurry of stops to preserve the win.
Asked whether Chelsea had any injury issue to contend with, the Italian responded: "All my players are available for the game". In this part of the season, we always said it's right to look at ourselves and not wait for the result of the other teams.
As of September 30, Puerto Rico and its various bond issuing authorities had missed almost $1.5 billion in debt service payments. Sanchez disputed that opinion, saying that a court-supervised restructuring would actually provide more comfort to investors.
It remains unclear precisely how the guarantors will monitor compliance with what they are calling "de-escalation zones". Trump, the presidents of Russian Federation and Turkey have recently supported the idea of creating safe zones in Syria.
The company showed a video demonstrating the Fluent Design system that the company will be baking into the Fall Creators Update. The new Creators Update has a lot of ground to cover, considering that Widows 10 is now running on over 500 million devices.
If, however, the Celtics do take down one of the best home team's in the league, things will look a lot more dim for the Wizards. Thomas acknowledged that the Wizards' 26-0 third-quarter run was the reason for the result, not the officiating.
In addition to the program from 2 to 3 p.m., is a 12:30 p.m. lunch reception for Loudoun pastors and other faith leaders. A midmorning National Day of Prayer service planned for outdoors in Grantville was moved to the city council chambers.
Mental Health Month targets 'Risky Business'
Now the Foundation is calling for a Royal Commission to seek ways of preventing mental ill health, focusing on reducing the risk. SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns heard from Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula residents at Ravendale on Monday night.
Obama warned Trump about Flynn, former officials say
Mr Flynn was dismissed as defence intelligence chief by the Obama administration before he became became a Trump supporter. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was Obama's Defense Intelligence Agency director until he was sacked in 2014.
Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues
Sekera did not return, leaving the Oilers with only four defencemen for part of the second when Kris Russell was also shaken up. We feel we have a capable group that can go out and have success ". "So I would say they had a positive impact on the game".
Good, Bad and the Ugly Going into Game 6
Louis Blues put the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final for the first time in their 18-year franchise history. With a lot of his ice time coming against Malkin in this series, Kuznetsov has scored four goals in five games.
Oil up as OPEC cuts outweigh US drilling boom
This is part of the production cuts that the oil-producing kingdom had agreed to as a member of OPEC. USA light crude was also little moved at $46.28 a barrel, down from a intra-day high of $46.98.
Nigeria presidency releases names of freed Chibok girls
Its insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes, with millions facing starvation. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhar has expressed joy at meeting the 82 girls, as he shared photos of them on social media.
Klitschko hints he will continue boxing career
As part of his Instagram story, Joshua also showed off his wide selection of caps as well as him working in the gym. Fury has sparred with Joshua in the past and added: "I always said Wladimir would be my easiest fight".
Iraq PM: No US combat troops to stay in Iraq after IS
If the two nations agree on terms, Iraq would join Afghanistan in having USA troops stationed there for the foreseeable future. Iraqis were eager to end what some saw as an occupation, and many Americans wanted to see an end to the then-eight year war.