U.S. retail Sales Down 0.4% in March


The U.S. Census Bureau advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for March, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences (but not for price changes) were $418.3 billion, a decrease of 0.4 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month, but 2.8 percent (±0.7%) above March 2012.

Total sales for the January through March 2013 period were up 3.7 percent (±0.5%) from the same period a year ago. The January to February 2013 percent change was revised from +1.1 percent (±0.5%) to +1.0 percent (±0.2%). 

Retail trade sales were down 0.6 percent (±0.5%) from February 2013, but 2.6 percent (±0.8%) above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 13.5 percent (±2.3%) from March 2012 and auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 7.4 percent (±2.1%) from last year.

U.S. Department of Commerce | Nuno Fontes | nuno@tradingeconomics.com
4/12/2013 1:40:34 PM