UPDATE 1-Brazil retail sales rebound in May, up 1.4 pct

* Sales rise in May after tumbling in April

* Fuels, personal care items lead gains

* Sales jumped 10.2 pct from 2009, led by appliances
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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 13 (BestGrowthStock) – Brazilian retail sales
rose in May, led by fuels, foodstuffs and personal care items,
government statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday.

Sales volumes climbed 1.4 percent in May from April, less
than the 1.8 percent median increase predicted by 14 economists
polled by Reuters. Forecasts ranged from 0.6 percent to 2.2
percent.

In April, sales had fallen a revised 3.1 percent from
March.

Retail sales surged 10.2 from May 2009, IBGE said. On a
year-on-year basis, sales were expected to jump 10.6 percent,
according to the Reuters poll. Forecasts ranged from 10.2
percent to 11.2 percent.

Sales of fuels led retail sales higher, climbing 2 percent
month over month. Personal care items such as perfumes and
medicines rose 1.6 percent, while sales of foodstuffs,
beverages and tobacco went up 0.8 percent in the same period.

Sales rose 11.5 percent in the first five months and 8.8
percent in the June 2009-May 2010 period, IBGE said.
(Reporting by Denise Luna and Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by
Guillermo Parra-Bernal in Sao Paulo; Editing by Padraic
Cassidy)

UPDATE 1-Brazil retail sales rebound in May, up 1.4 pct