Car sales rose 0.8 percent last month, after declining 0.5 percent in August. Revenue at gas stations fell 0.8 percent, reflecting a weakening in gasoline prices.
Apparel sales rebounded 0.5 percent, down 2.8 percent in August. The online and mail order business rose 1.1 percent in September after rising 0.5 percent in the month before.
The income from furniture stores rose by 1.1 percent. But Americans cut spending on restaurants and bars, and sales fell 1.8 percent. This was the biggest drop since December 2016.
While the Department of Commerce said it was impossible to determine the impact of Hurricane Florence on the data, disruption caused by the storm could have affected sales in restaurants and bars in the last month ,
The sales of building materials markets rose by 0.1