September retail sales rise 2.2%: NRF

Share this article:

September sales gains, while modest, were better than expected as retailers head into the busy holiday season, according to a new study by the National Retail Federation.

According to the report, retail industry sales for September, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, rose 2.2% unadjusted over last year and 0.2% seasonally adjusted from August.

September retail sales released today by the US Commerce Department show total retail sales, which include autos, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.6% seasonally adjusted from last month and 2.9% unadjusted year-over-year.

Electronics sales for products including cell phones and MP3 players helped boost electronics and appliance stores sales 0.9% seasonally adjusted from August and 3.4% unadjusted year-over-year. Health and personal care stores also showed strength with seasonally adjusted sales from September increasing 1.0% and 4.1% unadjusted year-over-year.

Despite the healthy sales, unusually warm weather didn't help clothing retailers whose sales went up 0.3% unadjusted year-over-year and decreased 0.4% seasonally adjusted from August.

Continuing with the trend in the slow housing market, sales in home furnishings stores dropped 0.6% seasonally adjusted from August and 3.6% unadjusted over last year. Building materials stores sales increased 0.1% seasonally adjusted month-to-month and decreased 2.3% unadjusted year-over-year.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in Multichannel Marketing

Sign up to our newsletters

Follow us on Twitter @dmnews

Latest Jobs:

More in Multichannel Marketing

Generating Loyalty for Brands and Retailers in an Omnichannel World

Generating Loyalty for Brands and Retailers in an ...

Harnessing personas, loyalty programs, and new technologies can help marketers better connect with customers.

News Byte: Salesforce Forms Unit to Focus on Verticals

News Byte: Salesforce Forms Unit to Focus on ...

The industries business unit, led by ex-White House CIO Vivek Kundra, will serve six industry groupings.

Columbia U. Puts the "Do" in "Donation"

Columbia U. Puts the "Do" in "Donation"

Columbia University raises nearly $7 million in donations in just 24 hours with a combination of social media, live events, and gamification.