U.S. Retail Sales  1992-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

US retail trade fell unexpectedly by 0.3 percent month-over-month in January 2018, after showing no growth in December and below market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. It was the largest decline in retail trade since February last year, mainly due to a drop in auto sales. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales were unchanged last month after a downwardly revised 0.2 percent drop in December. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2018, 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 Post Biggest Drop in 11 Months


US retail trade fell unexpectedly by 0.3 percent month-over-month in January 2018, after showing no growth in December and below market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. It was the largest decline in retail trade since February last year.

5 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month decreases: motor vehicle & parts dealers (-1.3 percent vs -0.1 percent in December); gardening and building material stores (-2.4 percent vs 0.7 percent); furniture & home furniture stores (-0.4 percent vs -1.1 percent); health & personal care stores (-1.2 percent vs -0.8 percent); and sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (-0.8 percent vs -3.4 percent).

Meanwhile, sales at service stations rose 1.6 percent last month, after a 0.3 percent gain in December. Additional upward pressure came from: electronics & appliance stores (0.5 percent vs -2 percent); clothing & clothing accessories stores (1.2 percent vs -1.2 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (1.6 percent vs -2.6 percent); and general merchandise stores (0.2 percent vs 0.3 percent).

Sales were unchanged at food & beverage stores (vs 0.4 percent in December), nonstore retailers (vs 0.5 percent) and food services & drinking places (vs 0.9 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales were unchanged last month after a downwardly revised 0.2 percent drop in December.

Year-on, year, retail trade grew 3.6 percent.


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
2/14/2018 2:07:30 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-12-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.8% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3%
2018-01-12 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.4% 0.9% 0.4% 0.3%
2018-02-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM -0.3% 0% 0.2% 0.3%
2018-03-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM -0.3% 0.46%
2018-04-16 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.36%
2018-05-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.30%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 99.90 95.70 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.30 0.00 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 3.60 5.20 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.00 0.10 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 12028.06 11916.58 12028.06 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14589.00 14566.50 14589.00 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.80 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 2.40 2.90 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 18.50 31.00 118.60 -114.30 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9119.50 9098.96 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.50 4.40 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 56.70 55.10 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.70 2.80 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 8800.00 6028.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.68 0.65 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.20 78.70 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
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 February of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.30 0.00 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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