U.S. Retail Sales  1992-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

US retail trade rose by 0.3 percent month-over-month in April 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.8 percent surge in March and matching market expectations. The increase was mainly driven by higher purchases at gasoline stations, gardening and building material stores, and clothing stores. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 6.70 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.70 percent in October of 2008.

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US Retail Sales Rise 0.3% in April as Expected


US retail trade rose by 0.3 percent month-over-month in April 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.8 percent surge in March and matching market expectations.

9 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month increases.

Sales at gasoline stations jumped 0.8 percent (vs 0.3 percent in March) and those at food & beverage stores advanced 0.4 percent (vs 0.2 percent in March). In addition, a rebound was seen in sales at gardening and building material stores (0.4 percent vs -1 percent), clothing & clothing accessories stores (1.4 percent vs -0.2 percent), and miscellaneous store retailers (0.9 percent vs -1.1 percent). Sales also rose at: motor vehicle & parts dealers (0.1 percent vs 2.1 percent); furniture & home furniture stores (0.8 percent vs 1.4 percent); general merchandise stores (0.3 percent vs 0.4 percent); and nonstore retailers (0.6 percent vs 0.9 percent).

Meanwhile, sales at health & personal care stores fell the most (-0.4 percent vs 1.1 percent), followed by food services & drinking places (-0.3 percent vs 1.2 percent), electronics & appliance stores (-0.1 percent vs 0.7 percent), and sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (-0.1 percent vs -0.1 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales rose 0.4 percent in April after an upwardly revised 0.5 percent increase in March.

Year-on-year, retail trade grew 4.7 percent in April, compared with a 4.9 percent rise in March.


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/15/2018 1:56:58 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-03-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM -0.1% -0.1% 0.3% 0.4%
2018-04-16 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.6% -0.1% 0.4% 0.4%
2018-05-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.3% 0.8% 0.3% 0.3%
2018-06-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.3% 0.31%
2018-07-16 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.32%
2018-08-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.36%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 98.00 98.80 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.30 0.80 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.70 4.90 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.30 0.40 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 12066.82 12035.23 12066.82 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14809.91 14794.74 14809.91 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.00 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 3.10 3.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 11.60 13.60 118.10 -113.40 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9246.46 9199.21 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.75 4.58 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 53.60 52.60 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.20 4.90 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 4245.00 3594.00 15875.00 3146.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.75 0.70 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.50 78.40 98.00 23.80 percent of GDP [+]
Consumer Confidence Current Conditions 113.20 112.50 121.10 57.50 [+]
Consumer Confidence Economic Expectations 80.20 83.90 108.60 44.20 [+]
Consumer Confidence Price Trends 2.70 2.60 10.40 0.40 [+]


U.S. Retail Sales

Retail sales report in the US provides aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a period of a month. There are thirteen major types of retailers: Motor vehicle & parts dealers (around 20 percent of total sales), Food & beverage stores (13%), General merchandise stores (12.5%), Food services & drinking places (11%), Gasoline stations (10%), Nonstore retailers (9.2%), Building material & garden dealers (6%), Health & personal care stores (6%), Clothing & clothing accessories stores (5%), Miscellaneous store retailers (2.3%), Furniture stores (2%), Electronics & appliance stores (2%) and Sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (1.7%). This page provides - U.S. December Retail Sales Increased More Than Forecast - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. U.S. Retail Sales - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.30 0.80 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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