US retail sales rose 0.4% mom in USD 686.1B in April, below expectation of 0.8% mom. Ex-auto sales rose 0.4% mom to USD 556.1B, below expectation of 0.5% mom. Ex-gasoline sales rose 0.5% mom to USD 631.4B. Ex-auto, gasoline sales rose 0.6% mom to USD 501.4B. Total sales for the February through April period were up 3.1% yoy.