8 out of 13 major categories showed growth while 4 fell and 1 was flat. The highest increases were reported for sales in clothing stores (up 0.8 percent), sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (up 0.8 percent), food and beverages stores (up 0.7 percent), general merchandise stores (up 0.7 percent), miscellaneous store retailers (up 0.7 percent), food and services drinking places (up 0.7 percent), electronic appliance stores (up 0.6 percent) and nonstore retailers (up 0.6 percent). Sales at health and personal care stores were flat.
In contrast, sales fell at furniture stores (down 0.3 percent), building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (down 0.3 percent), motor vehicle & parts dealers (down 0.4 percent), and gasoline stations (down 0.8 percent).
Excluding autos, retail sales rose 0.4 percent, higher than a 0.1 percent gain in October. The so-called core retail sales (excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services) went up 0.6 percent after an unrevised 0.2 percent gain in October.
Year-on-year, retail sales increased 1.4 percent in November.