Minus Cars, Retail Sales Up
November 28, 2005,
Washington — Hit hard by slumping car sales, U.S. retail sales dipped 0.1 percent during October to a seasonally adjusted $351.6 billion, the Commerce Department reported.
Doing virtually all the damage, car retailers weakened further after a 3.9 percent drop in September.
The strongest channel during October was clothing and accessories retailers, where sales climbed 3.1 percent as cooler weather started to kick in, spurring sales of cold-weather apparel.
Home-related categories were among the month's gainers, with furniture and home furnishings stores gaining by 0.7 percent and building on an even stronger 1.6 percent increase in September. As consumers began to rebuild following a trio of devastating hurricanes, sales of building material and garden supply retailers surged 2.1 percent adding to a 1.7 percent increase the preceding month.
Retail Sales in October
|Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
|Clothing & accessories||3.1%|
|Bldg. mat./garden supp.||2.1|
|Restaurants and bars||0.9|
|Furn. & home furn. stores||0.7|
|Sporting goods, books||0.6|
|Electronics & appliances||0.4|
|Health & personal care||0.4|