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Retail sales jumped more than 17% from April to May as businesses reopened

Purchases still down 6% from 2019
Retail sales jumped more than 17% from April to May as businesses reopened
Posted at 8:58 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 08:58:22-04

BALTIMORE — U.S. retail sales jumped by a record 17.7% from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months.

The Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of March (8.3%) and April (14.7%) as businesses have increasingly reopened.

Still, the pandemic’s damage to retail sales remains severe, with purchases still down 6.1% from a year ago.