The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows retailers classified as hardware stores -- NAICS 44413 -- showed improvement in October.
The Census Bureau's Monthly Retail Trade Report shows the unadjusted sales for hardware stores in October was $1.731 billion, up 10.8% from $1.562 billion in October 2010.
Compared to the prior month, November sales also increased. The month to month gain was 5.4%.
November is the latest month of available data for retail businesses in the 44413 classification. Earlier this week, the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report showed an increase of 0.2% for total U.S. retail and food services sales for November.