Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for October 2021 — adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences but not for price changes — were $638.2 billion, an increase of 1.7% over the previous month and 16.3% above October 2020, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Total sales for the August-through-October 2021 period were up 15.4% from the same period last year. The August-to-September 2021 percent change was revised from up 0.7% to up 0.8%.
Retail trade sales were up 1.9% from September 2021, and up 14.8% above last year. Gasoline stations were up 46.8% from October 2020, while food services and drinking places were up 29.3% from last year.