In the past year, retail sales are up 2.6%. Excluding gasoline, sales are up just 0.2%. The figures are not adjusted for price changes.
Sales at furniture stores rose 1%, the biggest gain in 18 months.
Sales at electronics and appliance stores rose 0.8%.
Sales at hardware and garden stores rose 0.3%.
The higher cost of gasoline was evident not only in the 0.8% rise in sales at gas stations, but also in the 1.1% increase at non-store retailers, such as catalogs and online stores.
Sales at the malls were soft in July. Sales at general merchandise stores rose 0.3%, including a 0.1% increase at department stores. Sales at clothing stores rose 0.2%.
Sales at bars and restaurants fell 0.2%. Sales at food stores rose 0.4%. Sales at health and personal care stores were flat.
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