US February Retail Sales Fall 0.1 Percent

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2018-03-14 HKT 21:38

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  • The Commerce Department said it was the third consecutive month of declining retail sales. File photo: AFP

    The Commerce Department said it was the third consecutive month of declining retail sales. File photo: AFP

US consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in February, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 percent.

It was the third consecutive month of declining retail sales, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, though they're still 4 percent higher from a year ago.

So far, the promise of higher take-home pay from President Donald Trump's tax cuts appears to have had little influence on spending for big ticket items such as autos.

Auto sales fell 0.9 percent last month, while purchases at gas stations tumbled 1.2 percent. Sales at department stores declined 0.9 percent.

But spending at online and catalog retailers climbed, as did spending at building materials stores, restaurants and clothiers to offset much of the decline elsewhere. (AP)