U.S. Retail Sales  1992-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Retail sales in the United States grew by 0.6 percent month-over-month in July 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in June and beating market expectations of 0.4 percent. It was the sharpest increase in retail trade since December last year, mainly driven by higher sales at miscellaneous store retailers and motor vehicle and parts dealers. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2017, 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 Post Biggest Gain in 7 Months


Retail sales in the United States grew by 0.6 percent month-over-month in July 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in June and beating market expectations of 0.4 percent. It was the sharpest increase in retail trade since December last year, mainly driven by higher sales at miscellaneous store retailers and motor vehicle and parts dealers.

10 out of 13 major retail categories showed gains in July while 3 decreased.

Sales rose at: Miscellaneous store retailers (1.8 percent from -1.7 percent in June); motor vehicle and parts dealers (1.2 percent from 0.9 percent); nonstore retailers (1.3 percent from 1 percent); building material stores (1.2 percent from 1.1 percent); food services and drinking places (0.3 percent, the same as in June); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (0.3 percent from -0.5 percent); food and beverages stores (0.4 percent from -0.7 percent); general merchandise stores (0.1 percent from 0.4 percent); health and personal care stores (0.4 percent from 0.3 percent); furniture and home furniture stores (0.4 percent from 0.5 percent).

By contrast, sales fell at: Electronics and appliance stores (-0.5 percent from -0.4 percent in June); gasoline stations (-0.4 percent from -1.5 percent); and clothing stores (-0.2 percent from 0.7 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales surged 0.6 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in June.

Compared to July last year retail sales were up 4.2 percent. 

US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/15/2017 12:46:57 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-06-14 12:30 PM May -0.3% 0.4% 0.1% 0.2%
2017-07-14 12:30 PM Jun -0.2% -0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-08-15 12:30 PM Jul 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% 0.3%
2017-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0.6% 0.25%
2017-10-13 12:30 PM Sep 0.28%
2017-11-15 01:30 PM Oct 0.31%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.60 93.40 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.60 0.30 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.20 3.40 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.50 0.10 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11839.70 11758.00 11839.70 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14364.70 14490.10 14490.10 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.00 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 3.80 5.50 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 12.40 18.30 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9296.10 9250.51 9296.10 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.25 4.13 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 52.20 50.20 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.20 2.50 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.62 0.60 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.50 79.40 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4162.00 4514.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]
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 Notes

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 August of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 0.30 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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