FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Retail and food sales have increased considerable above expectations in the United States in May, according to data released by the US Commerce Department.

In May, retail and food sales have increased 1.0% from April, instead of the 0.5 increase expected by the analysts. Excluding autos, retail sales have risen 1.2% above April's level, the market consensus was about a 0.7% rise on the month.

Year on year, retail sales increased 2.2%, with sales in gas stations increasing 13.8% in the last twelve months, and sales of non-store retailers 10.0% up.