April

Retail sales tick up slightly during May

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales increased for the second consecutive month in May, rising 0.5% following April’s 1.3% gain, according to the Commerce ­Department. Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.4% last month after an upwardly revised 1% gain in April. The core retail sales correspond most closely

Retail sales edge up across board in April

Retail sales edge up across board in April

WASHINGTON — Retail sales in the United States rose 1.3% in April, the Commerce Department announced. It was the largest monthly gain since March 2015 and better than the 0.8% increase economists were ­forecasting. Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, shot up 0.9% last month after an upwardly revised