Brazil: Retail sales rebound in May
July 12, 2011
In May, retail sales (excluding cars and construction) expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.6% over the previous month. The reading contrasted the 0.2% decline tallied in April and matched market expectations. On an annual basis, retail sales growth decelerated but remained strong at 6.2% (April: +10.2% year-on-year). The monthly increase was fuelled by a rebound in apparel, which swung from a 3.3% month-on-month contraction in April to a resilient 2.5% expansion in May. Meanwhile, the broad retail sales index, which includes automobiles and construction materials, rose 1.0% over the previous month, with vehicle sales expanding 0.2% mom. Annual average growth in retail sales fell from 9.5% in April to 9.2% in May.