HIGH POINT — January retail sales for the furniture and home furnishings stores sector is off to a better start in 2020 than at the start of 2019, when the sector posted a 2.7% decline in sales year-over-year for the month of January, according to a report from the U.S. government.-Ainehome Store
Climbing to $9.75 billion this January, sales increased by 1.8% year-over-year from January 2019’s adjusted total of $9.58 billion for the furniture and home furnishings stores sector. Sales also rose 0.6% month-to-month for the category from $9.69 billion in December, with the month’s total adjusted down from the previously reported $9.89 billion.
Overall, U.S. retail and food services sales are on an upswing, too, with total sales topping $529.8 billion in January, a 4.4% increase over January 2019 at $507.5 billion and a 0.3% increase from December’s revised $528.4 billion total. Retail trade sales alone were up 4% year-over-year and up 0.1% from December.
Contributing to this high start for January totals were all but five sectors that saw year-over-year sales decreases last month. Among the falling sectors were electronics and appliance stores, down 3.2%; building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, down 1.3%; health and personal stores, down 1.9%; and department stores, the long-struggling subset of general merchandise stores, down 5.5%. While department stores fell year-over-year, the general merchandise stores sector as a whole actually grew sales by 2.1% year-over-year.
Coming in at the top this month for retail sectors was gasoline stations, with a sales increase of 10.4% year-over-year. Just behind it were miscellaneous store retailers at a 9.5% increase in sales and non-store retailers, which include e-commerce and mail-order catalog businesses, which saw an 8.4% increase from January 2019.
For the months of November 2019 to January 2020, furniture and home furnishings stores sales were up 1.4% from November 2018 to January 2019, according to the report. Combined retail and food services sales increased 4.4%, and all retail sales were up 4.1%.
During the three-month period, non-store retailers saw the greatest year-over-year increase, up 11.5%, while department stores saw the greatest decrease, down 6.1%.
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