Retail sales in the U.S climbed 1.1 percent in February, the most in five months a U.S. Commerce Department and Census Bureau report showed today in Washington.

The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services increased 1.1 percent in February, comapred to a 0.6 percent increase (revised from 0.4 percent) in the pior month, meeting analysts' median estimates of a 1.1 percent increase.

The February report showed that retail sales less autos rose 0.9 percent from 1.1 percent, above 0.7 percent expected. Retail sales excluding auto & gas gained 0.6 percent from 1.0 percent, up from 0.5 percent forecasted.