WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Retail sales in the United States held even in the week ending June 20, the International Council of Shopping Centers-USB reported Wednesday.
Sales were unchanged in the week, but down 0.9 percent compared to the same week a year ago, the report said.
Temperatures were similar to the same week of 2008, showing no change, but rain may have influenced shopping. Weather Trends International said conditions across the country were 93 percent wetter than a year ago.
The weather may have "pared seasonal outdoor demand," the report said.
During the week, apparel-specialty stores showed a "strong gain," while, overall customer traffic was subdued given the Father's Day holiday.
Gasoline prices, affecting discretionary spending, were 34 percent lower than a year ago, but still rose higher for the eighth consecutive week, reaching a national average price of $2.914 a gallon during the week.