WASHINGTON | US retail sales climb in May by the most in 6 months
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose by the most in six months in May, as consumers spent more at home and garden stores, gas stations and restaurants.
The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.8 percent last month, the largest increase since November. Excluding the volatile gas and auto categories, sales also rose 0.8 percent.
Consumers are very confident in the economic outlook, buoyed by steady job gains, an unemployment rate at an 18-year low of 3.8 percent, and the Trump administration’s tax cuts.