More on Retail Sales: Two months into the year and retail categories look reasonably strong...

|By:, SA News Editor

More on Retail Sales: Two months into the year and retail categories look reasonably strong compared to estimates with the exception of electronics (BBY, RSH, CONN) and department stores (JWN, M, DDS, SHLD, KSS) which are running below last year's pace of sales. Improved results in the automobile and sporting goods categories (guns) were no surprise, but building material & garden (HD, LOW) looks slightly better than anticipated, according to analysts.