On a monthly basis, retail sales were up 0.6% from October to November (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 6.5 percent from November 2021.
From the Census Bureau report:
Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for November 2022, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $689.4 billion, down 0.6 percent from the previous month, but up 6.5 percent above November 2021. … The September 2022 to October 2022 percent change was unrevised from up 1.3 percent.
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This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales and food service, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).
Retail sales ex-gasoline were down 0.6% in November.
The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993.
Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 5.6% on a YoY basis.
Sales in November were below expectations, and sales in September and October were revised down, combined.