Overall, consumers are out in force, and doing their best to support the economy. Weak clothing (-1.3%) and department store (-1.4%) sales were offset by strong furniture (2.3%), electronics (0.9%), and building materials (1.2%) sales. Food sales jumped 0.9%; perhaps the late Thanksgiving caused more gluttony than usual.
Nonstore retailers were up 1.7% (catalogs and internet), suggesting early Christmas shopping from home. From Standard & Poor's MarketScope