Nuggets from the Retail Sales report

|By:, SA News Editor

Retail sales showed in-line positive growth in September after the expected tail-off in automobile purchases was factored out.

Sales at bars and restaurants (CAKE, KONA, DIN, EAT) gained 0.9% - while several mobile phone introductions presumably helped electronics stores (BBY, CONN, HGG) carve out a 0.7% gain for the month.

Apparel stores (AEO, ANF, CHS, CACH, BKE, LTD, ANN, BODY, WTSL, ARO, TLYS) continued their downward slog with sales dipping 0.5%.