U.S. retail sales climbed 1.6% in September, with sales ex-autos up 1.0%
U.S. retail sales climbed 1.6% in September, with sales ex-autos up 1.0%, both a little stronger than forecast. But, the 0.2% decline in August headline sales was nudged up to -0.1%, and the ex-auto gain was revised up to 0.5% from 0.2% previously. Sales excluding autos, gas, and building materials rose 0.4% following August's unchanged reading (revised up from -0.1%). Auto sales surged 3.6% last month after the prior 2.1% decline (revised from -1.6%). Gas station sales jumped 5.8%. Building materials sales increased 2.1%. Food sales were 0.8%. Clothing rose 0.4%. General merchandise edged up 0.3%. Non-store retailers increased 0.5%. On the other hand, electronics sales fell 1.1%. Furniture dipped 0.4%. Health and personal care sales fell 0.4%. And miscellaneous sales slid 0.6%.