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

Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in April 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent rise in March but missing market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain. The increase was mainly driven by a rebound in sales of motor vehicles and higher receipts at service stations, building material stores and electronics and appliance stores. On a year-on-year basis, retail sales rose 4.5 percent in April. 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 November of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-03-15 12:30 PM Feb 0.1% 0.6% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-04-14 12:30 PM Mar -0.2% -0.3% -0.1% -0.1%
2017-05-12 12:30 PM Apr 0.4% 0.1% 0.6% 0.4%
2017-06-14 12:30 PM May 0.4% 0.29%
2017-07-14 12:30 PM Jun 0.25%
2017-08-15 12:30 PM Jul 0.29%




US Retail Sales Rise Less Than Expected In April


Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in April 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent rise in March but missing market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain. The increase was mainly driven by a rebound in sales of motor vehicles and higher receipts at service stations, building material stores and electronics and appliance stores.

9 out of 13 major retail categories showed gains in April while 4 declined.

Motor vehicle sales rebounded by 0.7 percent in April after declining by 0.5 percent in the previous month.

Also, sales at service stations rose 0.2 percent in April, recovering from a 0.4 percent fall in March and those at building material stores went up 1.2 percent after dropping sharply by 1.7 percent. Sales at electronics and appliance stores increased further by 1.3 percent after rising by 2.2 percent in the previous month.

Additional increases were recorded at: Health and personal care stores (0.8 percent from 0.7 percent in March); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (0.6 percent from -0.3 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (0.1 percent from -0.4 percent); and nonstore retailers (1.4 percent from 1.1 percent).

By contrast, sales fell at: Clothing stores (-0.5 percent from 1.2 percent in March); furniture and home furniture stores (-0.5 percent from 1.5 percent); food and beverages stores (-0.3 percent from 0.7 percent); and general merchandise stores (-0.5 percent from -0.2 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales advanced 0.2 percent after rising by an upwardly revised 0.7 percent in March.

Compared to April last year retail sales were up 4.5 percent. 

US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/12/2017 12:59:31 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.10 97.00 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.40 0.10 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.50 5.20 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.30 0.30 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11688.50 11669.80 11688.50 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14428.50 14402.20 14428.50 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.00 0.00 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.20 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.90 5.60 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 16.43 13.75 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9177.64 9132.65 9177.64 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.00 3.88 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.30 51.70 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.00 2.40 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.64 0.61 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.40 78.80 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4223.00 3584.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]


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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 0.10 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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