U.S. retail sales saw a 4.6% year-over-year uptick in August, according to an Internet Retailer analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce figures, which were released Friday. That’s roughly a percentage point lower than the 5.6% retail growth in July but higher than economists had predicted for the tail end of summer given an economy that’s been plagued by trade war scares and talk of an impending recession.
Nonstore sales–which are mainly online but also capture other sales that aren’t made in bricks-and-mortar stores such as orders through call centers, catalogs, door-to-door visits and vending machines–were up 14.3% year over year, down from 17.7% in July.
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