Retail sales in the United States grew at a 0.3% monthly rate in October, slower than analysts’ expectations of 0.5% and the slowest rate in six months. Yet there was still an increase for the month of 7.1% year over year overall and 5.3% year over year excluding autos, the Commerce Department reported on Tuesday.
Some of the biggest gains in September had reversals, including clothing, which declined 4.2% month over month after gaining 13.6% in September. Clothing fell 11.3% year over year. Department store sales also reversed September’s gains, falling 4.6% on the month versus the 9.4% gain in September. On a year-over-year basis, department store sales fell 9.9%.
A bright spot in the report were nonstore retailers, which continued to show strong improvement year over year with an increase of 26.3% as consumers continued to shift their purchases online.
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