Mixed results from monthly sales

NAICS 444 data for November shows gains, and also declines.

Sales of Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers—including home centers and hardware stores—were $38,885 million in November, that's up 12.1% from $34,662 million a year ago.

But the November figure for NAICS 444 businesses is also down from October's unadjusted figure of $39,837 million. 

On an adjusted basis, NAICS 444 sales were up slightly from October: $40,579 million vs. $40,279 million.


Those numbers were released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau in its Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report. 

Overall, retail and food services sales for November were up 0.3% to $639.8 billion. That's up 18.2% from a year ago. 

The categories of retail that showed the most monthly movement on a monthly basis were heading in the wrong direction. Department stores were down 5.4% and electronics and appliance stores were down 4.6%.

On an annual basis, sales were up. significantly across the board, led by gasoline stations (up 52.3%), food services and drinking places (up 37.4%), and clothing and accessories stores (up 34.8%).

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