U.S. retail rose in September

Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Retail sales rose 1.1 percent August to September on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Census Bureau said Monday.

Sales for the month, at a total of $412.9 billion, came to a 5.4 percent increase from September 2011.

In August, the month-to-month gain was revised from 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent.

For the third quarter, July through September, sales were up 4.8 percent from the same period a year earlier.

The bureau said sales of automobiles rose 9.3 percent in September compared to September 2011. Non-store sales, which used to mean catalog sales and now means catalog and Internet sales, rose 15 percent from September 2011.

Sales of electronics and appliances rose 5.4 percent month-to-month after dropping 1.4 percent July to August. Sales at grocery stores rose 1 percent after coming in flat in the previous month.

Gasoline station sales rose 2.5 percent from August and 5.8 percent from September 2011.

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