In additional evidence that early shopping more than compensated for weaker-than-expected Thanksgiving weekend sales, the United States Census Bureau reported today that advanced estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for November were $449.3 billion, up 0.7% from the previous month and 5.1% from the period a year ago. Retail trade sales gained 0.7% from October and 4.9% from the month last year.
Sales at nonstore retailers were up 8.7% from November 2013, reaching $41.26 billion.
Sales at general merchandise operations, including department stores, discount stores and warehouse clubs came in at $56.05 billion versus $54.64 billion in the month a year ago. Furniture and home furnishings store sales were $8.55 billion up from $8.38 billion in the year-prior month. Electronics and appliance store sales were $9.37 billion versus $8.77 billion, building material and garden equipment and supplier sales were $28.09 billion versus $26.06 billion, health and personal care store sales were $25.51 billion versus $23.89 billion, sporting goods, hobby, book and music store sales were $7.58 billion versus $7.35 million in November 2013.