Retail Sales Advance, Position Industry for Strong Holidays

WASHINGTON-U.S. retail sales totaled $412.9 billion in September, up 5.4 percent over September 2011, and offering what the National Retail Federation called "a promising outlook for the critical holiday months ahead."

The September total was also 1.1 percent ahead of August retail sales. Last month also included a strong performance by furniture and home furnishings stores, whose sales jumped 8.1 percent ahead of September of last year, along with being 0.4 percent greater than August.

Sales by general merchandise stores, fell 1.1 percent year over year and rose 0.3 percent from August. Department stores (excluding leased departments) posted sales declines of 1.3 percent year over year and 0.2 percent month over month.

"In spite of the uncertainty and unease surrounding our nation's high unemployment and long-term fiscal challenges, consumers continue to spend and shop," said Matthew Shay, NRF's president and CEO. "The American consumer is holding their own in this economic environment, but the question remains, for how long?"

HFN Staff | News & Commentary

HFN provides detailed information on the key home classifications: Housewares, Tabletop, Floor Covering & Rugs, Furniture, Home Textiles, Lighting, Home Decor, Mattresses & Bedding, Gifts, Major Appliances and Consumer Electronics as well as Business, Finance and Retail.


  • Von Tobel Cites Brass Textures Among Top Trends

    Camera Icon   More Videos

Subscribe to
HFN Omnichannel
Receive the news you need to know about the trends in the industry delivered right to your inbox.

Current Issue

  • HFN cover for September 2017


    September 2017


    2017 State of the Industry Report
    Cautious Optimism, Mixed Results

    Many expected 2016 would be a banner year, but the political and economic climate softened consumer confidence. It was also a year consumers spent more lavishly on home remodeling rather than decorating.


    •  TJX Unveils First U.S. Homesense Store - In a time when retailers are reducing store counts, TJX continues to get physical.
    •   Ikea’s Fluid Spaces - The retailer’s new intros reflect multifunctional rooms.
    •  N.Y. Home Fashions Market Preview - Textile textures get soft and cozy, colors warmer.