5 out of 13 major retail categories declined in August while 9 increased.
Sales went down at motor vehicle and parts dealers (-1.6 percent); nonstore retailers (-1.1 percent); clothing (-1 percent); electronics and appliances (-0.7 percent); building material and garden equipment stores (-0.5 percent).
In contrast, sales rose in gasoline stations (2.5 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (1.4 percent); furniture and home furniture (0.4 percent); food and beverages (0.3 percent); food services and drinking places (0.3 percent); general merchandise stores (0.2 percent); health and personal care stores (0.1 percent); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (0.1 percent).
Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, core retail sales also declined 0.2 percent last month after a 0.6 percent gain in July.
Year-on-year, retail sales rose 3.2 percent.