Mastercard SpendingPulse: US Retail Sales in June Reflect Rising Prices for Essentials, Continued Leisure Spending

PURCHASE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– According to Mastercard SpendingPulseTM, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, U.S. consumer retail spending excluding automotive increased +9.5% year-over-year (YOY) in June, while retail sales excluding auto and gas rose +6.1% YOY. Rising prices—particularly for necessities such as food and fuel—were a contributing factor, as Mastercard SpendingPulse reflects nominal spending and is not adjusted for inflation. Excluding auto and gas, in-store spending is up +11.