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NRF: February Sales Increase
March 15, 2013

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), February retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from January, increased 0.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

February retail sales, released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce, showed total retail and food services sales (which include non-general merchandise categories, such as automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants) increased 1.1 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and 4.6 percent adjusted year-over-year.

Clothing and clothing accessories stores’ sales increased 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and 0.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Electronics and appliance stores’ sales decreased 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and decreased 3.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Furniture and home furnishing stores’ sales decreased 1.6 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and decreased 2 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

General merchandise stores’ sales increased 0.5 seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and decreased 4.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Health and personal care stores’ sales were flat seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and decreased 2.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores’ sales decreased 0.9 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and increased 0.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.