Investing.com - U.S. retail sales rose 0.2% in November the Commerce Department said on Friday.
This was compared to a revised 1.1% in the previous month. Economists had forecast a reading of 0.1%.
Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, rose 0.2% in November, after a 1.0% increase in the previous month.
The consensus forecast was for a reading of 0.2%.
Core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product.