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

Retail sales in the United States rose 0.2 percent month-over-month in October of 2017, above market expectations of no growth and following a upwardly revised 1.9 percent growth in September. 9 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month increases. 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 Unexpectedly Rise 0.2% in October


Retail sales in the US rose 0.2 percent month over month in October. The reading came above market expectations of no change after purchases surged 1.9 percent in September as people replaced vehicles and items destroyed by hurricanes.

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

Purchases at automobile dealers climbed 0.7% after surging 4.6% in September. Sales also rose rose at: clothing vendors (0.8 percent vs 0.1 percent), furniture stores (0.7 percent vs 0.1 percent), electronics and appliiance stores (0.7 percent vs 0.3 percent),  restaurants (0.8 percent vs 0.1 percent), and sporting goods (1.5 percent vs 0.1 percent). 

In contrast, receipts at gasoline stations fell 1.2 percent after growing 6.4 percent in September. The decline was also observed in purchases of building marterial (-1.2 percent vs 3 percent).

Excluding automobiles and gasoline, purchases rose 0.3 percent after a 0.6 percent gain.

So-called retail-control group sales, which are used to calculate GDP and exclude food services, auto dealers, building materials stores and gasoline stations,  grew 0.3 percent following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent increase in September.

On annual basis, retail sales grew 4.6 percent versus 4.8 percent repoerted in September.


Anna | anna@tradingeconomics.com
11/15/2017 2:07:19 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM -0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1%
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 0.2% 0.32%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 98.50 100.70 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.20 1.90 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.60 4.80 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.10 1.20 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11922.10 11853.00 11922.10 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14465.30 14417.40 14490.10 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 1.00 0.10 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.20 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 3.10 3.60 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.83 13.10 118.60 -17.80 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 53.60 50.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 4.10 2.30 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.66 0.68 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.70 79.50 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4077.00 4100.00 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

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 November of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.20 1.90 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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