October Retail Sales Rose 0.3% from September and 3.1% YOY

Washington, DC, November 15, 2019--Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for October 2019 were $526.5 billion, an increase of 0.3% from the previous month and 3.1% above October 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Total sales for the August 2019 through October 2019 period were up 3.8% from the same period a year ago. The August 2019 to September 2019 percent change was unrevised from down 0.3%.

Retail trade sales were up 0.3% from September 2019, and 2.9% above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 14.3% from October 2018, and gasoline stations were down 5.0% from last year.