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NRF: Retail sales rose in September

NRF: Retail sales rose in September

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in September were up 0.5% over August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the National Retail Federation, and were up 3.2% year-over-year on an unadjusted basis. The numbers exclude sales of automobiles, or those at gasoline stations and restaurants. “Retail appears to have navigated through some rough weather – literally,”

Retail sales in May turn downward

WASHINGTON — Retail sales in May declined 0.3% as Americans spent less on motor vehicles and discretionary items, according to the Commerce Department. Lower gasoline prices contributed to last month’s decline. Stores selling consumer electronics and appliances posted their largest month-on-month declines in seven years. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales

NRF: Retail sales grew 0.3% in March

NRF: Retail sales grew 0.3% in March

WASHINGTON – Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in March from the previous month and were up 3.5% unadjusted from a year earlier, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported on Friday. The federation’s numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Consumer spending was weak but is expected to pick up as we move through

NRF: Solid gains for holiday sales

WASHINGTON — Retail sales in November and December rose 4% from a year earlier to $658.3 billion as consumers spent more freely than expected during the holiday period, according to the National Retail Federation. Non-store sales increased 12.6% to $122.9 billion. NRF’s figures exclude spending on automobiles, gasoline and restaurant meals. “These numbers show that

Retail sales edge up across board in April

Retail sales edge up across board in April

WASHINGTON — Retail sales in the United States rose 1.3% in April, the Commerce Department announced. It was the largest monthly gain since March 2015 and better than the 0.8% increase economists were ­forecasting. Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, shot up 0.9% last month after an upwardly revised

Retail sales remain anemic in October

WASHINGTON – Retail sales increased 0.1% in October after being unchanged in September and August, the Commerce Department said. So-called core retail sales rose 0.2% last month after increasing 0.1% in September, the government noted. Core sales exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food, and therefore correspond more closely to the consumer spending component of