'Mixed Signals' in May Sales: Kantar

COLUMBUS, Ohio — May same-store sales reported by major retailers Thursday held steady with a 5.7% gain, but showed the effects of plans by shoppers to curb spending, according to Kantar Retail here.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — May same-store sales reported by major retailers Thursday held steady with a 5.7% gain, but showed the effects of plans by shoppers to curb spending, according to Kantar Retail here.

The sales-weighted composite for the 26 retailers reporting was up slightly from the 5.4% gain for the combined March-April period, which eliminates the impact of the Easter calendar shift, Kantar said.

Food, drug and mass retailers — particularly