Retail sales improved 0.5% in October, led by higher electronics sales, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.
The increase, which followed a 1.1% gain in September, topped economists’ forecasts of a 0.3% increase, Bloomberg reported.
Electronics sales rose 3.7%, the most since November 2009, while demand at non-store retailers including Internet sales rose 1.5%, the most in nine months, Bloomberg said.
Automobile sales rose 0.4%, following a revised 4.2% jump in September that was the biggest in a year and a half.
Overall, nine of 13 major retail categories showed increases, Commerce said.
Almost all trucking operations depend on the health of retail sales because such sales involve nearly every type of cargo.