Retail Sales Surge in Show of Consumer Optimism Retail sales rose across the spectrum in January, including a 14.5% increase in online sales and a 9.2% increase in department stores, defying economists’ expectations.

Retail sales surge in January.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Americans increased their spending at retail stores last month in a sign of rising consumer optimism.

Retail sales leaped 3.8 percent between December and January, according to a new report  released by the Commerce Department. That’s a much larger increase than experts anticipated. 

Sales rose across the spectrum in January, defying economists’ expectations. Some of the biggest moves  included a 14.5 percent increase in online sales, a 9.2 percent increase in department store sales, and a 7.2 percent increase in purchases at furniture and home furnishing stores.

The New York clothing company Untuckit has registered increasing sales in recent weeks, with workers preparing to return to the office, Aaron Sanandres, the CEO and a co-founder, told The Associated Press.

“I am optimistic that this time there is a bit more momentum,” Sanandres said.