The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $426.6 billion. This is an increase of 0.2%from the previous month and is 4.7% above August 2012.

Auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 12.3% from August 2012 and nonstore retailers were up 10.2% from last year.

Retail Sales Increase 0.2 Percent in August