The National Retail Federation calculates monthly retail sales figures that exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.
September retail sales increased 3 percent over last year
Softer September retail sales increase 0.4 percent over August.
August retail sales increase 5 percent over last year
The three-month moving average was also up 4.9 percent over the same period a year ago.
July retail sales increase 4.9 percent over 2017
July retail sales were up 4.9 percent year-over-year, giving the industry a solid kickoff for the third quarter.