According to a report by the Commerce Department, retail sales in the U.S. in September rose 1.6 percent compared to the previous month.
Analysts had predicted an increase of 1.7%.
In August, retail sales reduced by 0.1% (revised (-0.2%).
Over the last 12 months the index rose by 4.4%.
Excluding car sales, retail sales in September grew by 1.0% after rising 0.5% the month before (revised from +0.2%).
Analysts had forecast September growth figure of 0.9%.