(Corrects December data in headline and first paragraph to show 2.1 percent decline, not 2.0 percent, after statistics agency corrected its data)
BRASILIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Retail sales volumes excluding cars and building materials in Brazil fell 2.1 percent in December from November, the government statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday.
Economists in a Reuters poll expected a decrease of 1.95 percent.
Sales fell 4.9 percent from the year-earlier period , compared with expectations for a 4.5 percent drop in the Reuters poll. (Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Alison Williams)