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

Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.3 percent month-over-month in May of 2017, following a 0.4 percent rise in April and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. The decline was driven by lower sales of motor vehicles, electronics & appliance stores, gasoline stations, sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores and general merchandise stores. On a year-on-year basis, retail sales rose 3.8 percent. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.35 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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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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 -0.3% 0.4% 0.1% 0.2%
2017-07-14 12:30 PM Jun -0.3% 0.31%
2017-08-15 12:30 PM Jul 0.27%
2017-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0.28%




US Retail Sales Fall The Most In 16 Months


Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.3 percent month-over-month in May of 2017, following a 0.4 percent rise in April and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. It was the biggest decline since January of 2016, driven by lower sales of motor vehicles, electronics & appliance stores, gasoline stations, sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores and general merchandise stores. On a year-on-year basis, retail sales rose 3.8 percent.

7 out of 13 major retail categories declined in May while 4 increased and 2 were unchanged. 

Motor vehicle sales fell by 0.2 percent in May after rising by 0.5 percent in the previous month.

Additional decreases were recorded at: electronics & appliance stores (-2.8 percent from 2.2 percent); gasoline stations (-2.4 percent from 0 percent); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (-0.6 percent from 0.4 percent); general merchandise stores (-0.3 percent from 0.7 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (-1.3 percent from 0.7 percent) and food services & drinking places (-0.1 percent from -0.2 percent).

In contrast, retail sales rose at: clothing stores (0.3 percent from 0.2 percent); furniture and home furniture stores (0.4 percent from -0.3 percent); food and beverages stores (0.1 percent from 0.2 percent) and nonstore retailers (0.8 percent from 0.9 percent). 

Meanwhile, sales were flat at health and personal care stores (from 0.8 percent in April) and building material stores (from 0.6 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales were unchanged after rising by an upwardly revised 0.6 percent in April.

Compared to April last year retail sales were up 3.8 percent. 

US Census Bureau | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
6/14/2017 12:49:45 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 94.50 97.10 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.30 0.40 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 3.80 4.60 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.30 0.40 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11688.50 11669.80 11688.50 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14432.50 14428.50 14432.50 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.30 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.20 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.30 5.30 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 8.20 19.50 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9220.64 9177.64 9220.64 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.00 4.00 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.30 51.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.20 2.80 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.63 0.64 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.50 79.40 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4254.00 4223.00 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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.30 0.40 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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