Thursday, June 16, 2005

Home sales stood out in May

WASHINGTON - Furniture and home furnishings stores were among a handful of winning retailers in May, turning in a 0.4 percent month-over-month sales increase against a drearier backdrop of overall declining U.S. retail sales.

Total U.S. retail sales fell last month for the first time since August, dropping 0.5 percent due to weak sales of cars and falling gas prices.