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September retail sales blew past expectations (+1.1% vs. +0.8%), and already-strong August sales were revised upwards from +0.8% to 1.2%. That adds up to a gain of 2.3% in two months, and that reverses all of the decline we saw in the second quarter and then some.
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As the second chart above shows, even after subtracting inflation, real retail sales have reached a new high, despite the fact that there are 4.5 million fewer jobs today (3.3% fewer) than there were at the prior high in sales.
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As the chart above shows, the strength in retail sales goes beyond just the auto sector, where sales have surged at a 14.5% annualized rates since the recession low. This is a broad-based recovery in retail sales.

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This last chart zooms in on nominal sales in the past 13 years for a better perspective on recent developments. Needless to say, there is no sign of anything like a recession in these numbers.
Source: September Retail Sales Surprisingly Strong