July 2016 retail sales were a real Wall Street let down as there was no change from June. Gasoline sales plunged by -2.7%, yet most retailers had declining sales. Auto sales and Amazon prime day were not enough to salvage overall retail sales. Without autos & parts sales, retail sales would have dropped by -0.3% for the month. Retail sales without gasoline station sales considered would have been a 0.2% monthly increase. Retail sales overall have increased 2.3% from a year ago.
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