The U.S. Census Bureau’s advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December 2009 were U.S. $353.0 billion, a decrease of 0.3% from the previous month, but 5.4 percent above December 2008.
Sales estimates for retailers carrying appliances also showed decreases in December 2009, and most estimates were lower than December 2008.
Estimated monthly sales for electronics and appliance stores are $8,449 million in December, down 2.6% from $8,674 million in November 2009, but only slightly down from $8,506 million in December 2008.
Estimated monthly sales at building material, garden equipment, and supplies dealers are $23,343 million for December 2009, slightly down from $23,427 million in November 2009 and down 5.8% from December 2008.
Estimated sales at general merchandise stores in December are $49,965 million, a decrease of 0.8% from $50,358 million in November. However, the December 2009 estimate shows a 2.1% increase over December 2008 sales figures.
Reported estimates have been adjusted for seasonal variations and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.
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