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Release for:  August 2018
Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce
Percent changes calculated by Market News International
Mo/mo percent change:            Aug-18   Jul-18   Jun-18
Sales, total                        7.0     -3.5     -3.5
 Durable goods sales                9.1     -4.7      0.1
  Automotive                        7.3     -2.8     -3.3
  Furniture                        13.5     -3.0      1.8
  Lumber                            8.0     -1.0     -4.3
  Professional equipt.              4.9     -9.3      6.1
   Computer equipt.                 2.5    -11.8     11.1
  Metals                           12.0     -1.9     -6.2
  Electrical goods                 14.0     -6.0      3.9
  Hardware                          1.9     -1.5      0.9
  Machinery                        10.3     -4.0     -0.8
  Misc. durable goods               9.2     -3.2     -5.3
 Nondurable goods sales             5.0     -2.4     -6.7
  Paper & paper products            9.1     -0.9     -4.5
  Drugs                             6.8     -1.0     -5.4
  Apparel                          19.1     -0.5     -2.9
  Groceries                         5.5      0.7     -6.7
  Farm-products                    -2.3     -5.6     -8.4
  Chemicals                         4.2     -0.7      0.5
  Petroleum, products               2.2     -2.1     -5.7
  Alcohol                          12.8    -13.3      3.2
  Misc. nondurable goods            0.3     -7.5    -21.0
Inventories, total                  0.4      0.5     -0.1
 Durable goods stocks               0.5      1.7      0.7
  Automotive                        0.0     -0.6     -0.8
  Furniture                         1.0      2.7      1.3
  Lumber                           -0.9      1.6      0.9
  Professional equipt.              1.0      3.3      1.9
   Computer equipt.                 3.4      4.7      2.4
  Metals                            0.4      4.2      3.9
  Electrical goods                  0.9      1.7     -1.0
  Hardware                          0.7      1.3     -0.9
  Machinery                         0.0      1.7      0.5
  Misc. durable goods               1.6      0.9      3.5
 Nondurable goods stocks            0.2     -1.3     -1.5
  Paper & paper products           -1.9      2.4      1.7
  Drugs                             2.2     -2.7      3.4
  Apparel                           0.5      5.4      3.7
  Groceries                         0.3      0.3      0.1
  Farm-products                    -6.0     -7.2    -16.4
  Chemicals                         2.2      1.4      0.8
  Petroleum, products              -1.5     -6.7     -3.7
  Alcohol                          -1.3      2.2     -2.4
  Misc. nondurable goods            1.7     -1.9     -4.7
Yr/yr percent change:            Aug-18
Sales, total                        8.8
 Durable goods sales                8.9
  Automotive                        5.0
  Furniture                         3.4
  Lumber                            8.1
  Professional equipt.              3.4
   Computer equipt.                 4.8
  Metals                           22.7
  Electrical goods                  9.9
  Hardware                          3.7
  Machinery                        18.6
  Misc. durable goods               4.3
 Nondurable goods sales             8.8
  Paper & paper products            0.9
  Drugs                             4.3
  Apparel                          -4.4
  Groceries                        -1.2
  Farm-products                    13.1
  Chemicals                        10.3
  Petroleum, products              34.3
  Alcohol                           6.2
  Misc. nondurable goods           -1.0
Inventories, total                  5.1
 Durable goods stocks               6.2
  Automotive                        0.3
  Furniture                         2.5
  Lumber                           12.9
  Professional equipt.              2.3
   Computer equipt.                 4.7
  Metals                           20.2
  Electrical goods                  3.5
  Hardware                          7.7
  Machinery                         8.7
  Misc. durable goods               5.2
 Nondurable goods stocks            3.4
  Paper & paper products           10.0
  Drugs                             4.0
  Apparel                          -2.8
  Groceries                        -2.7
  Farm-products                    23.2
  Chemicals                         8.8
  Petroleum, products               7.8
  Alcohol                           0.1
  Misc. nondurable goods            0.6
  ** MNI Washington Bureau (202) 371-2121 **
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