The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $400.6 billion.
The December figure is up 0.1% from November, and up 6.5% from December 2010.
Total sales for the October through December 2011 period were up 7.0% from the same period a year ago.
In business classification NAICS 444 -- building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers -- adjusted sales in December were $25.879 billion, up 1.7% from the previous month, and up 1.6% from the same month last year.
The Census Bureau's report can be found here.