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Retail Sales Gain In July Though Department Stores Lag

Adjusted sales from furniture and home furnishings stores advanced to $8.4 billion in July from $8.16 billion in the year-prior month, according to the United States Census Bureau. Overall U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, increased 0.2% $424.5 billion, with Retail Trade sales up 5.6% from the month last year, Auto & Other Automotive Vehicle Dealer sales up 13.3%  and Nonstore Retailers were up 8.8%.

Sales at Health & Personal Care Stores were $23.5 billion versus $23.2 billion in July 2012 while those at grocery stores were $48.4 billion versus $47.1 billion and those at Department Stores were $14.6 billion versus $15.3 billion. The Census Bureau did not establish a July estimate for its Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters category, but June sales were $40.5 billion versus $39.1 billion in the month last year.