• Jennifer Bringle

October retail sales increase

Home furnishings numbers up 1.7% over last year

Beating analysts’ expectations, U.S. retail sales increased 0.8% in October over the previous month and 4.3% over October 2015, according to a report released rsalestoday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

This followed a 1.0% increase (revised from 0.6%) in September over the previous month—the highest back-to-back increase in more than two years. Home furnishings retail sales dipped 0.9% from September, but were up 1.7% over October 2015 numbers.

Building material and garden equipment and supply stores also saw an increase—likely bolstered by Hurricane Matthew cleanup—up 1.1% over September and 6.5% over the previous year.

Total retail sales for the period of August-October 2016 increased 3.3% over the same period last year.

Image of Jennifer BringleJennifer Bringle | Features Editor, Casual Living

Jennifer Bringle is the features editor of Casual Living. She previously served as an editor and reporter at a number of publications, including Kids Today, AAA Living Magazine, The News & Observer of Raleigh and Carolina Parent. Her work also has appeared in The Washington Post, Southern Living, Our State and The News & Record of Greensboro, and she is the author of several non-fiction books for middle and high school-aged children.  Contact her at jbringle@casualliving.com

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