U.S. Retail Sales Jumps 1.1% in February


The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for February, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $421.4 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month and 4.6 percent (±0.7%) above February 2012.

Total sales for the December 2012 through February 2013 period were up 4.5 percent (±0.5%) from the same period a year ago. The December 2012 to January 2013 percent change was revised from +0.1 percent (±0.5%)* to +0.2 percent (±0.3%)*. Retail trade sales were up 1.3 percent (±0.5%) from January 2013 and 4.7 percent (±0.8%) above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 15.7 percent (±2.3%) from February 2012 and auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 8.8 percent (±2.3%) from last year.


U.S. Census Bureau, anna@tradingeconomics.com
3/13/2013 12:36:38 PM