Source: U.S. Census Bureau
GAFO represents sales at stores that sell merchandise normally sold in department stores. GAFO includes the following kinds of retail businesses: General merchandise stores (NAICS 452); Clothing and clothing accessories stores (NAICS 448); Furniture and home furnishings stores (NAICS 442); Electronics and appliance stores (NAICS 443); Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (NAICS 451); Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores (NAICS 4532).
Information about the Monthly Retail Trade Survey can be found on the Census website at https://www.census.gov/retail/mrts/about_the_surveys.html
U.S. Census Bureau, Retail Sales: GAFO (General Merchandise Normally Sold in Department Stores) [MRTSMPCSM4400CUSN], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MRTSMPCSM4400CUSN, September 18, 2019.