Retail sales in the US jumped 9.8% mom in March of 2021, following a downwardly revised 2.7% fall in the previous month and easily beating market forecasts of a 5.9% gain. It is the biggest increase since May of 2020, as more businesses reopened, the $1,400 checks were sent starting in mid-March and the weather improved after unusually cold temperatures and winter storms in Texas and some other parts of the South region in February. Double-digit increases were seen for sporting goods (23.5%), clothing (18.3%), motor vehicles (15.1%), food services and drinking places (13.4%), building materials (12.1%), gasoline stations (10.9%), electronics and appliances (10.5%). Gains were also recorded for miscellaneous store retailers (9%), general merchandise stores (9%), nonstore retailers (6%), furniture (5.9%), health and personal care (5.7%) and food and beverages (0.7%). source: U.S. Census Bureau

Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.39 percent from 1992 until 2021, 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 April of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 1.30 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
9.80 -2.70 18.30 -14.70 1992 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-15 01:30 PM Dec -0.7% -1.4% 0% -0.2%
2021-02-17 01:30 PM Jan 5.3% -1% 1.1% 0.9%
2021-03-16 12:30 PM Feb -3% 7.6% -0.5% -0.6%
2021-04-15 12:30 PM Mar 9.8% -2.7% 5.9% 4.5%
2021-05-14 12:30 PM Apr 9.8% 3%
2021-06-15 12:30 PM May
2021-07-16 12:30 PM Jun
2021-08-17 12:30 PM Jul


News Stream
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected
Retail sales in the US jumped 9.8% mom in March of 2021, following a downwardly revised 2.7% fall in the previous month and easily beating market forecasts of a 5.9% gain. It is the biggest increase since May of 2020, as more businesses reopened, the $1,400 checks were sent starting in mid-March and the weather improved after unusually cold temperatures and winter storms in Texas and some other parts of the South region in February. Double-digit increases were seen for sporting goods (23.5%), clothing (18.3%), motor vehicles (15.1%), food services and drinking places (13.4%), building materials (12.1%), gasoline stations (10.9%), electronics and appliances (10.5%). Gains were also recorded for miscellaneous store retailers (9%), general merchandise stores (9%), nonstore retailers (6%), furniture (5.9%), health and personal care (5.7%) and food and beverages (0.7%).
2021-04-15
US Retail Sales Fall Much More than Expected
Retail sales in the US shrank 3 percent month-over-month in February of 2021, following an upwardly revised 7.6 percent jump in January and much worse than market forecasts of a 0.5 percent fall. It is the biggest decline since a record drop in April of 2020 amid unusually cold weather and winter storms in Texas and some other parts of the South region. The biggest decreases were seen in sales at department stores (-8.4 percent); sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments and book stores (-7.5 percent); nonstore retailers (-5.4 percent); auto dealers (-4.3 percent); furniture (-3.8 percent); miscellaneous retailers (-3.4 percent); building material and garden equipment (-3 percent); clothing (-2.8 percent); food services and drinking places (-2.5 percent); electronics and appliances (-1.9 percent); and health and personal care (-1.3 percent). In contrast, sales at gasoline stations jumped 3.6 percent.
2021-03-16
US Retail Sales Beat Forecasts
Retail sales in the US jumped 5.3 percent month-over-month in January of 2021, following an upwardly revised 1 percent drop in the previous month, and beating market forecasts of a 1.1 percent increase. It is the strongest gain since June, in a sign new stimulus checks helped to boost consumer spending. Biggest increases were seen in sales at electronics and appliance stores (14.7 percent); nonstore retailers (11 percent); furniture (12 percent); sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments (8 percent); and food and drinking places (6.9 percent). Core retail sales which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product, surged 6 percent, rebounding from a 2.4 percent fall in December.
2021-02-17
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

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%).