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US retail sales jump past forecasts in August

By Alexander Bueso

Date: Thursday 16 Sep 2021

US retail sales jump past forecasts in August

(Sharecast News) - American consumers retrenched less than feared last month despite the impact from the Delta variant of Covid-19.
According to the Department of Commerce, US retail sales volumes increased at a month-on-month pace of 0.7% in July, easily beating economists' forecasts for a drop of about 0.8%.

In comparison to the same month of 2020 meanwhile, US retail sales were ahead by 15.1%.

The good news was tempered by a downwards revision to the prior month's reading from a monthly fall of 1.1% to -1.8%.

Nevertheless, excluding sales of motor vehicles and parts, and gasoline stations, retail sales jumped by 2.0% on the month and 14.3% in annual terms.

Non-store retailers did especially well, likely on the back of Covid-19, with sales rising by 5.3% on the month, followed by a 3.7% in furniture sales, a 3.5% increase in those at general merchandise stories, and a 1.8% increase in those of food and beverage stores.

Motor vehicles and parts dealers on the other hand saw their sales decline by 3.6% on the month while gas station sales grew 0.2%.

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