Excluding the 3.3% drop in auto sales, retail sales increased 0.6% in January, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.
It was the largest decline in retail sales in five months.
Sales had increased 1.1% in December, revised lower from the 1.2% originally reported. Sales excluding autos had risen 0.3% in December. November’s sales were also revised down a tenth of a percentage point.
Sales are up 7.2% in the past 12 months, while ex-auto sales are up 7.6%. The figures are seasonally adjusted, but not adjusted for price changes.
Retail sales account for about half of consumer spending and one-third of gross domestic product.