Retail sales rose 0.5% in April, the tenth straight increase, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
The increase was the smallest since July and followed a 0.9% March gain that was more than double the 0.4% originally reported.
April’s reading was slightly below economists’ forecasts of a 0.6% increase, Bloomberg reported.
Sales excluding automobiles and service stations rose 0.2%. Sales at auto dealers rose 0.2%. Eight of 13 major categories showed increases, Commerce said.
Almost all trucking operations depend on the health of retail sales because such sales involve nearly every type of cargo.