Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for prices rose to $401.4 billion on January sales that were 5.8 percent higher than in January 2011, the bureau said in a release.
Non-store sales, which includes Internet and catalog sales, dropped 1.1 percent month to month, while receipts at general merchandise stores rose 2 percent. Department store sales, a category listed under general merchandise, rose 1 percent.
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