USA retail sales leapt 1.6 pct. last month, most in 2 ½ years

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US retail sales jump in September on strong demand for autos

The report also showed a notable rebound in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, which surged up by 3.6 percent in September after tumbling by 2.1 percent.

Retail trade sales increased 1.6% from August and 4.7% from a year ago.

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Retail trade sales were up 1.7% (±0.5%) from August 2017, and up 4.7% (±0.7%) from a year ago.

In seasonally adjusted terms, total sales volumes jumped by 1.6% month-on-month in September to reach $483.9bn, according to the Department of Commerce.

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Auto sales were a fair slice of the increase. Gas sales climbed 5.8 percent, the most in four and a half years, likely reflecting price spikes after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. August's number was revised to reflect a 0.1% decline.

Three retail subcategories repeated as the only sectors posting year-over-year sales declines: department stores, a subset of general merchandise stores; electronics and appliance stores; and sporting goods, hobby, books and music stores. The largest year-over-year gains came from gas stations (up 11.4%) and building material and garden equipment and supplies stores (up 10.7%). Nonstore retail sales rose 9.2% year over year. Food services and bars saw a sales increase of 0.8% month over month and 2.7% year over year. Furniture and home furnishings stores dropped 0.4% month over month, but rose 1.7% year over year.

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