U.S. August retail sales were dismal, with a weaker-than-expected result of a 0.3% decrease and downward revisions to prior months’ sales suggesting a very weak consumer.

Sales excluding autos printed down 0.7%, and ex-auto and gasoline sales fell 0.4%. Details of the report show weakening across most categories as furniture sales were flat, electronics declined 1.3%, building materials fell 2.2%, gasoline dropped 2.5%, and mail/Web sales slid 2.3%.

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