US retail trade fell 0.7 percent from a month earlier in December 2020, following a revised 1.4 percent decline in November and compared with market expectations of a flat reading. That was also the third consecutive month of decline in consumption, amid record COVID-19 infections, high unemployment levels and lack of government's support. Receipts declined at electronics & appliance stores (-4.9 percent vs -8.3 percent in November), restaurants and bars (-4.5 percent vs -3.6 percent), food & beverage stores (-1.4 percent vs 1.5 percent), general merchandise stores (-1.2 percent vs -1.3 percent), sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument & books stores (-0.8 percent vs -1.7 percent), and furniture stores (-0.6 percent vs -2.1 percent). In addition, online trade slumped 5.8 percent, accelerating from a 1.6 percent decrease in the previous month. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 18.30 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -14.70 percent in April of 2020. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 1.70 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in the United States to stand at 2.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the U.S. Retail Sales is projected to trend around 2.40 percent in 2022 and 0.40 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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U.S. Retail Sales

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.70 -1.40 18.30 -14.70 1992 - 2020 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-10-16 12:30 PM Sep 1.9% 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
2020-11-17 01:30 PM Oct 0.3% 1.6% 0.5% 0.4%
2020-12-16 01:30 PM Nov -1.1% -0.1% -0.3% -0.3%
2021-01-15 01:30 PM Dec -0.7% -1.4% 0% -0.2%
2021-02-17 01:30 PM Jan -0.7%
2021-03-16 12:30 PM Feb
2021-04-15 12:30 PM Mar
2021-05-14 12:30 PM Apr


News Stream
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Drop in December
US retail trade fell 0.7 percent from a month earlier in December 2020, following a revised 1.4 percent decline in November and compared with market expectations of a flat reading. That was also the third consecutive month of decline in consumption, amid record COVID-19 infections, high unemployment levels and lack of government's support. Receipts declined at electronics & appliance stores (-4.9 percent vs -8.3 percent in November), restaurants and bars (-4.5 percent vs -3.6 percent), food & beverage stores (-1.4 percent vs 1.5 percent), general merchandise stores (-1.2 percent vs -1.3 percent), sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument & books stores (-0.8 percent vs -1.7 percent), and furniture stores (-0.6 percent vs -2.1 percent). In addition, online trade slumped 5.8 percent, accelerating from a 1.6 percent decrease in the previous month.
2021-01-15
US Retail Sales Fall More than Expected
Retail sales in the US sank 1.1% mom in November of 2020, following a revised 0.1% fall in October and worse than forecasts of a 0.3% drop. It is the second consecutive decline in retail sales amid a surge in coronavirus cases and lower income as unemployment benefits are set to expire. Sales at clothing stores fell the most (-6.8%), followed by food services and drinking places (-4%); electronics and appliance stores (-3.5%); gasoline stations (-2.4%) and motor vehicles and parts dealers (-1.7%). Other declines were also seen in sales at furniture stores (-1.1%); general merchandise stores (-1%); health and personal care (-0.7%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book (-0.6%); and miscellaneous (-0.5%). In contrast, increases were seen at food and beverages stores (1.6%) and building material dealers (1.1%). Core retail sales which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services went down 0.5%.
2020-12-16
US Retail Sales Rise Less than Expected
Retail sales in the US edged up 0.3% mom in October, following a downwardly revised 1.6% gain in September and below forecasts of a 0.5% increase. Sales at motor vehicles dealers (0.4% vs 2.9%) and gasoline stations (0.4% vs 2%) rose at a slower pace while sales declined at furniture stores (-0.4% vs 0.6%); food and beverages (-0.2% vs 0.2%); health and personal care (-0.1% vs 1.3%); clothing (-0.2% vs 13.6%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book (-4.2% vs 8%); general merchandise stores (-1.1% vs 1.7%); miscellaneous retailers (-0.9% vs 1.1%); and food services and drinking places (-0.1% vs 2.4%). In contrast, sales rebounded at electronics and appliances (1.2% vs -1.1%) and nonstore retailers (3.1% vs -1.7) and rose faster at building material dealers (0.9% vs 0.4%). Retail sales could fall further in the coming months amid renewed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus and as a government programs providing benefits to unemployed are set to expire.
2020-11-17
US Retail Sales Above Forecasts
Retail sales in the US jumped 1.9% month-over-month in September of 2020, following a 0.6% gain in August and beating forecasts of a 0.7% increase. It is the biggest rise in three months, with sales at clothing stores (11%); department stores (9.7%); sporting goods (5.7%); and auto dealers (4% ) recording the highest increases. Sales also went up at food services and drinking places (2.1% ); health and personal care stores (1.7%); gasoline stations (1.5%); miscellaneous store retailers (1.1%); building material and garden equipment (0.6%); nonstore retailers (0.5%); and furniture stores (0.5%). In contrast, sales fell at electronics and appliance stores (-1.6%). Retail sales excluding food services, car dealers, building-materials stores and gasoline stations, the so-called control group sales seen as a more reliable gauge of demand, increased 1.4%. Year-on-year, retail sales went up 5.4%, the strongest annual gain so far in 2020.
2020-10-16

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%).