Hardware stores in June 2019 saw sales decrease 9 percent from the previous month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Advance Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services Survey.
Estimated sales for June were $2.4 billion, compared to $2.7 billion in May.
The Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MARTS) is compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau by mailing out questionnaires to a sampling of about 5,500 employer firms.
The unadjusted figures provide an initial estimate of monthly sales in the retail and food service sectors.
With the results from each industry, the Bureau computes a framework of sales data, giving insight into the current state of U.S. economic activity.
Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services June 2019 vs. May 2019
Sales - Monthly (Current Month, in millions of dollars)
Sales - Monthly (Previous Month, in millions of dollars)
Sales - Monthly Percent Change
Retail and food services sales
Motor vehicle and parts dealers
Automobile and other motor vehicle dealers
Automotive parts, accessories and tire stores
Furniture, home furnishings, electronics and appliance stores
Furniture and home furnishings stores
Electronics and appliance stores
Household appliance stores
Building material, garden equipment and supplies dealers
Building material and supplies dealers
Paint and wallpaper stores
Supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores
Beer, wine and liquor stores
Health and personal care stores
Pharmacies and drug stores
Clothing and clothing access stores
Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores
Hobby, toy and game stores
General merchandise stores
Discount department stores
Department stores, excluding discount department stores
Warehouse clubs and superstores
Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores
Office supplies and stationery stores
Gift, novelty and souvenir stores
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
Food services and drinking places
Restaurants and other eating places
Limited service eating places
Source: US Census Bureau