US retail sales rode on improving unemployment rate to register a 3.7% increase to $412.4bn for the month of November 2012.

Retail figures rose 0.3% when compared to October said a US department of commerce release.

The figures are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences and were exclusive of changes in prices.

Total sales for September to November period in 2012 grew 4.3% compared to the corresponding period in 2011.

Food & beverages and Home furnishing stores sales returned positive figures for the month as sales of automobiles were down month-on-month.

General merchandise sales fell 0.9% for the month with filing station sales registering the biggest decrease since 2008, computed to 4% year-on-year.

Consumer confidence in the US, however, braces up for uncertainty over the upcoming Christmas period with the US government and Congress yet to agree on extending tax cuts for the 2013 fiscal.

Tax liabilities could balloon for small and medium enterprises as well as individual taxpayers resulting in falling income levels and contracted purchases.

A White House statement in November projected that the retail sector could be adversely affected by the fiscal cliff with a projected $200bn contraction in spending.