Sales at gasoline stations recorded the highest decrease (-6.5 percent) as price of petrol become cheaper. The receipts also fell at: electronics and appliance stores (-1.6 percent); auto dealers (-0.3 percent); clothing retailers (-0.3 percent); online stores (- 0.3 percent), sporting goods stores (0.2 percent), miscellaneous store retailers (-1.9 percent) and building material and garden dealers (-1.9 percent).
In contrast, receipts rose at: furniture stores (0.8 percent), grocery stores (0.3 percent) and health care stores (0.5 percent).
Core sales, which strip out automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services fell 0.4 percent, following a 0.6 percent rise in November. Excluding automobiles, sales dropped 1 percent (+0.1 percent in the previous month).
Year-on-year retail sales rose 3.2 percent. Total sales for the 12 months of 2014 were up 4.0 percent from 2013.