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

US retail trade rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in July 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent advance in June. The sales beat market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain boosted by purchases of motor vehicles and clothing. 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 -3.90 percent in November of 2008.

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US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected in July


US retail trade rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in July 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent advance in June. The sales beat market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain boosted by purchases of motor vehicles and clothing.

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

Sales at motor vehicle & parts dealers advanced 0.2 percent in July (vs 0.1 percent in June) and those at clothing & clothing accessories stores rebounded 1.3 percent (vs -1.6 percent in June). Also, sales at gasoline stations moved up 0.8 percent (vs 0.3 percent in June), and online and mail-order retail trade jumped 0.8 percent (vs 0.7 percent in June) likely boosted by Amazon's "Prime Day" promotion. Sales also rose at: restaurants and bars (1.3 percent vs 1.6 percent); general merchandise stores (0.7 percent vs -0.7 percent); food & beverage stores (0.6 percent vs flat reading); and electronics & appliance stores (0.1 percent vs 0.4 percent).

Meanwhile, receipts at hobby, musical instrument and book stores fell 1.7 percent (vs -2.1 percent in June) and those at furniture & home furniture stores dropped 0.5 percent (vs 0.3 percent in June). Declines were also seen at miscellaneous store retailers (-0.3 percent vs -1.5 percent), and health & personal care stores (-0.4 percent vs 1.1 percent). Spending at building material stores were unchanged last month (vs 0.1 percent in June).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales advanced 0.5 percent in July after a downwardly revised 0.1 percent dip in June.

Year-on-year, retail trade grew 6.4 percent in July, compared with a 6.1 percent rise in June.


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/15/2018 12:52:48 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-06-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.8% 0.4% 0.4% 0.3%
2018-07-16 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.5% 1.3% 0.5% 0.3%
2018-08-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.5% 0.2% 0.1% 0.3%
2018-09-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.5% 0.35%
2018-10-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.41%
2018-11-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.34%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 95.30 97.90 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.50 0.20 6.70 -3.90 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 6.40 6.60 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.60 0.20 2.60 -4.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 12847.82 12722.84 12847.82 1403.69 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 15520.43 14929.76 15520.43 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.50 2.80 -2.10 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.40 4.60 -4.70 percent [+]
Personal Savings 6.80 3.20 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 10.20 24.30 118.10 -113.40 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9380.95 9347.40 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 5.00 4.89 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 58.00 56.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 4.50 5.60 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 3961.00 4410.00 15875.00 3055.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.75 0.75 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.70 78.50 98.00 23.80 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 August of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.50 0.20 6.70 -3.90 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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