The findings, which exclude non-general merchandise categories such as automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, coincide with retail sales released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Other results from the report conclude:
Building materials and garden equipment sales increased 3 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 12.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Clothing and accessories sales increased 0.9 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 12.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Spring goods, hobby, book and music store sales increased 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 8.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Furniture and home furnishings increased 1.1 percent adjusted month-to-month and 7.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
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