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Retail sales head down in January, according to NRF and Department of Commerce

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
February 13, 2014

A combination of harsh January weather and post-holiday consumer malaise appear to be the drivers for lower retail sales for the month, according to data released by the National Retail Federation and the United States Department of Commerce today.

Commerce reported that January retail sales at $427.8 billion were down 0.4 percent compared to December (which was revised from 0.2 percent growth from November to December to -0.1 percent) and up 2.6 percent compared to January 2013. Total retail sales from November through January are up 3.4 percent annually, and it added that total retail sales for all of 2013 were up 4.2 percent compared to 2012. 

NRF reported that January retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were flat on a seasonally-adjusted basis from December to January and were up 3.0 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.

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Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff joined the Supply Chain Group in 2005 and leads online and print news operations for these publications. In 2009, Jeff led Logistics Management to the Silver Medal of Folio’s Eddie Awards in the Best B2B Transportation/Travel Website category. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. If you want to contact Jeff with a news tip or idea,
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About the Author

Jeff Berman, News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman.


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