Nine of 13 major retail categories showed gains in November.
Sales increased at a slower pace for: Food and beverages (+0.4 percent from +0.7 percent), followed by sales in grocery stores (+0.1 percent from +0.7 percent); gasoline stations (+0.3 percent from +2.5 percent); general merchandise (+0.1 percent from +0.7 percent); non-store retailers (+0.1 percent from +1.4 percent).
By contrast, sales declined for motor vehicles (-0.5 percent from 0.5 percent in October), sporting goods (-1 percent from +0.7 percent) and in miscellaneous store retailers (-0.8 percent from +0.6 percent).
The so-called core retail sales, which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product, also rose 0.1 percent after a downwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in October.
Year-on-year, retail sales increased by 3.8 percent