Monthly sales for U.S. retail and food services for October 2017 increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted $486.6 billion. Compared to October 2016, the sales estimate released today by the U.S. Census bureau marked a 4.6% increase.
Among all the kinds of businesses tracked, the category of building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers (NAICS 444, a group that includes home centers, hardware stores and LBM dealers), showed the highest year-over-year growth. The October 2017 estimate for the 444 category was $32.1 billion, up 8.8% from the previous year, but down from September.
NAICS 444 sales, adjusted
October 2017: $32,120,000,000
September 2017: $32,516,000,000
October 2016: $29,530,000,000
Estimates of sales at non-store retailers declined 0.3% compared to September 2017, but gained 6.8% compared to Oct. 2016.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly Advance Sales report is available here.