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Data through:               September 2018
Source: U.S. Commerce Department
Levels in millions of U.S. dollars, seasonally adjusted
Calculations by MNI
                                3Q-18     2Q-18 qtr/qtr Annualized Annualized
                                 Avg.      Avg.   % chg      % chg   % chg(1)
Retail Sales                  508595.0  502299.7     1.3        5.1        5.1
 Ex. Mtr Veh                  405997.7  399780.3     1.6        6.4        6.4
 Ex. Mtr Veh, Gas             362284.7  357020.0     1.5        6.0        6.0
 Ex. Gas                      464882.0  459539.3     1.2        4.7        4.7
Mtr Veh                       102597.3  102519.3     0.1        0.3        0.3
Gas Stations                   43713.0   42760.3     2.2        9.2        9.2
Bldg Materials                 32774.3   32271.3     1.6        6.4        6.4
Ex. Auto,Bldg Mat             380865.3  375033.3     1.6        6.4        6.4
Ex. Auto,Bldg Mat,Gas         337152.3  332273.0     1.5        6.0        6.0
Ex. Food, Autos, Bldg, Gas    275882.3  272671.3     1.2        4.8        4.8
Footnotes:
(1) Assumes annualization is 12 divided by the number of months between
the center of the mass of data. This results in an exponent of 6.0 for
one month of data in the qtr and an exponent of 4.8 when two months of a
quarter's data are available.
  ** MNI Washington Bureau (202) 371-2121 **
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