Retail and food services sales for August, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $444.4 billion.
This is up 0.6% from July’s sales, and follows six consecutive months of increases. Retail sales are up 5.0% from August 2013.
Sales increased the most in August for miscellaneous retailers, rising 2.5%. Gas and general merchandise were the only two categories to see decline, and only gas has declined from a year ago.