The US Commerce Department has reported a surprise drop in retail sales for January after a poor month for the auto sector.
Total retail sales dipped 0.3% last month to $322.87 billion (€251.88bn; £170.71bn), as vehicle purchases dropped by 3.9%.
However, it was a good month outside the car market. Excluding the auto downturn, retail sales rose 0.9%, as the cold weather sparked a 2.9% increase in clothing sales.
Data sourced from: BBC Online Business News (UK); additional content by WARC staff