The U.S. Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were US$351.4 billion, an increase of 2.7% from the previous month, but 5.3% below August 2008. Total sales for the June through August 2009 period were down 7.6% from the same period a year ago.
Retail trade sales were up 3% from July 2009, but 6% below last year. Gasoline stations sales were down 26.7% from August 2008 and building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers were down 13.6% from last year.
Electronics & appliance stores were up 1.1% from July 2009.
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