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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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December 14, 2018

The US Census Bureau announced today that the advance estimates of U.S retail and food service sales for November 2018, was a seasonally adjusted 0.2 per cent increase ($1.2 billion) over October 2018 to $513.5 billion, and a 4.2 per cent increase over November 2017.

Excluding food services and drinking places, retail trade sales increased 0.3 per cent over October 2018, and increased 4.0 per cent over November 2017. Food service and drinking place receipts decreased 0.5 per cent to $60.6 billion,



In Jan-Nov 2018, United States seasonally adjusted Retail Trade & Food Services increased 5.2 per cent over Jan-Nov 2017.

  • Retail trade increased 5.0 per cent and
  • food services and drinking places sales increased 6.1 per cent.
  • Sales were up in all categories except for sporting and recreation stores. 
  • The fastest gains were in gas stations (including the effects of rising oil prices) as well as non-store retailers.  

Source: US Census BureauData Tables

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