Latest sales numbers from the National Retail Federation show almost no movement from August. Retail sales in September were down just 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted from August (+ 4.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year). The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, overall September sales – including auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants – were down 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from August, but up 4.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

During September, online and other non-store sales were up 15.6 percent year-over-year but down 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.

Jack Kleinhenz, NRF chief economist said the pullback in September compared to August is a possible reaction to increased fears over U.S.-China tensions.”

Read more about the latest sales numbers from the National Retail Federation on the IDEX website  HERE

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