“Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September 2017 were $483.9 billion, an increase of 1.6 percent from the previous month, and 4.4 percent above September 2016,” the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Friday.

Key highlights:

Total sales for the July 2017 through September 2017 period were up 3.9 percent from the same period a year ago.
The July 2017 to August 2017 percent change was revised from down 0.2 percent to down 0.1.
Retail trade sales were up 1.7 percent from August 2017, and up 4.7 percent from last year.
Gasoline Stations were up 11.4 percent from September 2016, while Building Materials and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers were up 10.7 percent from last year.

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