Final month, auto gross sales surged 0.eight % after declining 0.5 % in August. Receipts at service stations fell 0.eight %, seemingly reflecting a moderation in gasoline costs.
Gross sales at clothes shops rebounded 0.5 % after tumbling 2.eight % in August. On-line and mail-order gross sales soared 1.1 % in September after rising 0.5 % within the prior month.
Receipts at furnishings shops elevated 1.1 %. However People reduce on spending at eating places and bars, with gross sales dropping 1.eight %. That was the largest decline since December 2016.
Whereas the Commerce Division mentioned it was unattainable to find out the influence of Hurricane Florence on the info, disruptions brought on by the storm may have harm gross sales at eating places and bars final month.
Gross sales at constructing materials shops nudged up 0.1 % in September. Spending at pastime, musical instrument and guide shops elevated 0.7 % final month.