Nov. 17 (UPI) — Retail gross sales in the US throughout October grew by 0.3%, authorities figures confirmed Tuesday — wanting what most consultants anticipated.

The Commerce Division stated in its month-to-month report there have been $553.Three billion in gross sales for the month.

The determine is up 5.7% from October 2019, however shy of the 0.5% most analysts anticipated.

Tuesday’s report additionally revised gross sales development for September. A month in the past, the division stated retail gross sales grew in September by nearly 2%, nevertheless it now says the achieve was 1.6%.

“Retail commerce gross sales have been … 8.5% above final 12 months,” the report states. “Non-store retailers have been up 29.1% from October 2019, whereas constructing materials and backyard gear and provides sellers have been up 19.5% from final 12 months.”

COVID-19 restrictions and sagging client confidence are behind the sluggish development, the report stated.

October is the primary month of the fourth quarter. The Commerce Division stated final month the U.S. financial system grew by 33% within the third quarter, however an increase in coronavirus circumstances nationwide and new restrictions in some states are anticipated to sluggish development much more for the remainder of the 12 months.

New Jersey, New York and Ohio have already carried out new restrictions and California and Washington launched stricter measures on Tuesday.