Retail sales for September: Good, bad and flat

The U.S. Census Bureau reported unadjusted monthly retail sales for home centers and pro dealers (NAICS 444) were $24.0 billion in August, up from $22.3 billion in the same month last year.

Unadjusted hardware store sales (NAICS 44413) were $1.51 billion, unchanged from August 2009.

However, August sales were down compared with July's figures. Home centers and pro dealers declined 5.8% from July. Hardware stores declined 6.8%.

The Census Bureaus advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $367.7 billion, an increase of 0.6% from the previous month, and 7.3% above September 2009.