October 2012 retail and food services sales were $411.6 billion, down 0.3 percent from the previous month but up 3.8 percent from one year earlier. Excluding autos, retail and food services sales in October were $336.8 billion, unchanged from September but up 3.6 percent from October 2011.
Advance Monthly Retail Sales is a monthly report, with revisions, released by the Economics & Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, from data gathered by the Census Bureau, of the dollar value of sales of a broad range of goods, from cars and gasoline to furniture, food services, and clothing.
Chris Bryant, MBA, RFC® is CEO of Bryant Wealth Management, Inc.
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.