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

Retail sales in the United States edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, the same as in the previous month and well below market expectations of a 0.6 percent rise. Spending at restaurants and bars went down 1.8 percent, the most since December of 2016. 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 -3.90 percent in November of 2008.

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US Retail Sales Rise Much Less than Anticipated


Retail sales in the United States edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, the same as in the previous month and well below market expectations of a 0.6 percent rise. Spending at restaurants and bars went down 1.8 percent, the most since December of 2016.

10 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month increases and 3 fell.

Sales went down at food services and drinking places (-1.8 percent compared to 0.3 percent in August); gasoline stations (-0.8 percent compared to 1.1 percent); and health and personal care stores (-0.3 percent compared to 0.5 percent). On the other hand, increases were seen in furniture and home furniture stores (1.1 percent compared to -0.8 percent); nonstore retailers (1.1 percent compared to 0.5 percent); electronics and appliance stores (0.9 percent compared to 0.6 percent); motor vehicles and part dealers (0.8 percent compared to -0.5 percent); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores (0.7 percent compared to -0.5 percent); clothing and accessories stores (0.5 percent compared to -2.8 percent); general merchandise stores (0.3 percent compared to 0.1 percent); food and beverages stores (0.2 percent compared to -0.3 percent); building material and garden equipment (0.1 percent compared to 0.8 percent); and miscellaneous store retailers (0.1 percent compared to 2.7 percent). 


Excluding autos, sales fell 0.1 percent (0.2 percent in August) and excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, core retail sales went up 0.5 percent in September after a downwardly flat reading in August.

Year-on-year, retail trade rose 4.7 percent in September, compared with a downwardly revised 6.5 percent increase in August and the lowest annual gain in seven months.

Considering the third quarter of the year, retail sales rose 1.3 percent over the previous three-month period and 5.9 percent over a year earlier.



US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/15/2018 1:04:31 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-08-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.5% 0.2% 0.1% 0.3%
2018-09-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.1% 0.7% 0.4% 0.4%
2018-10-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.1% 0.1% 0.6% 0.3%
2018-11-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.1% 0.5%
2018-12-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.4%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 99.00 100.10 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.10 0.10 6.70 -3.90 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.70 6.50 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.10 0.20 2.60 -4.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 12842.02 12722.84 12842.02 1403.69 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 15617.39 15566.48 15617.39 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.30 0.40 2.80 -2.10 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.30 4.60 -4.70 percent [+]
Personal Savings 6.60 6.70 17.30 2.20 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.08 16.60 118.08 -113.42 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9412.35 9383.23 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 5.03 5.00 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 57.80 55.70 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 5.80 6.50 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 3979.00 3782.00 15875.00 3055.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.75 0.75 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 77.30 78.00 98.60 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 October of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.10 0.10 6.70 -3.90 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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