Retail Sales Off; Sales Ex-Autos Rise

Newman, Emily
September 2004
Bond Buyer;9/15/2004, Vol. 349 Issue 31969, p2
Trade Publication
The article informs that sales by U.S. retailers declined last month, falling 0.3 percent in August to $335.2 billion, while excluding input from auto dealerships, retails sales were up 0.2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The retail sales decrease followed a revised 0.8 percent climb in JuIy, originally reported as 0.7 percent increase. The overall dip in retail sales was partly driven by a drop in motor vehicle and parts dealers' sales, which fell 1.9 percent following the previous month's revised 22 percent increase, initially reported as a 2.4 percent climb.


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