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Dec Retail Sales As-Expected At +0.3%,......>

US DATA: Dec Retail Sales As-Expected At +0.3%, Ex-MV +0.7%
- Dec sales +0.3% vs +0.3% BBG; ex-mtr veh +0.7% vs +0.5% BBG
- Dec sales ex. mtr veh and gas +0.5; ex. auto, bldg, gas +0.4%
- Vehicle sales -1.3%; largest decline since Jan 2019 (-2.0)
- Gas station sales +2.8%; highest since March (+3.3%), ex. only gas +0.1% 
- Clothing and accessories stores +1.6%; highest since March (+2.1%)
- Food services +0.2%; highest since September (+0.8%)
December headline retail sales were in-line with expectations, posting 
a 0.3% increase after rising by the same amount in November. Gasoline 
station sales rose by 2.8% in December, the largest increase since 
March. Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales increased 0.7%, above 
market expectations for a 0.5% gain and after a flat reading in 
November. Motor vehicle and parts sales dropped 1.3% in December, the 
largest decline since January of last year. Sales of autos and other 
motor vehicles also fell 1.3% in December. Excluding motor vehicles and 
gas, retail sales rose 0.5%, surpassing expectations for a 0.4% and 
rebounding from a 0.2% decline in November. Clothing and accessories 
store sales posted a 1.6% inrease, the highest since March, and building 
materials rose 1.4%, the highest since August. 

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