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

Retail sales in the United States increased 0.8 percent month-over-month in November of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent rise in October and beating market expectations of 0.3 percent. November was the month of the holiday shopping season, with sales rising for most categories except autos and at general merchandise stores. 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 Rise More than Expected


Retail sales in the United States increased 0.8 percent month-over-month in November of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent rise in October and beating market expectations of 0.3 percent. November was the month of the holiday shopping season, with sales rising for most categories except autos and at general merchandise stores.

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

Rises were seen gasoline stations (2.8 percent compared to 0.3 percent in October); non-store retailers (2.5 percent compared to -0.4 percent); electronics/appliances (2.1 percent compared to 1.2 percent); furniture/home furniture (1.2 percent compared to 1.8 percent); building materials and garden equipment (1.2 percent compared to -0.1 percent); sporting goods/hobbies (0.9 percent compared to 1.7 percent); food and drink places (0.7 percent compared to 0.4 percent); clothing and accessories (0.7 percent, the same as in September); health/personal care (0.4 percent compared to 1.3 percent); food and beverages (0.2 percent compared to 0.5 percent) and miscellaneous stores (0.1 percent compared to -0.1 percent). 

On the other hand, sales at general merchandise stores were flat (compared to 0.1 percent) and those of autos declined 0.3 percent (compared to 1.5 percent). 

Year-on-year, retail sales increased 5.8 percent, following an upwardly revised 4.9 percent rise in October. 

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
12/14/2017 2:02:51 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-13 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 1.6% -0.1% 1.7% 0.3%
2017-11-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.2% 1.9% 0.0% 0.1%
2017-12-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.8% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3%
2018-01-13 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.8%
2018-02-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM
2018-03-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 96.80 98.50 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.80 0.50 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.80 4.90 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 1.00 0.40 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11921.14 11852.96 11921.14 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14513.30 14465.30 14513.30 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.30 0.90 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.40 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 3.20 3.10 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.50 19.20 118.60 -114.30 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9420.25 9369.63 9420.25 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.25 4.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.90 53.60 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.30 3.00 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 4077.00 4100.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.67 0.66 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.20 78.70 95.50 23.40 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 December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.80 0.50 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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