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

US retail trade rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in June 2018, following an upwardly revised 1.3 percent advance in May and matching market expectations. June's gains were boosted by increases in purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods. 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 Solidly in June


US retail trade rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in June 2018, following an upwardly revised 1.3 percent advance in May and matching market expectations. June's gains were mainly boosted by increases in purchases of motor vehicles.

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

Sales at motor vehicle & parts dealers advanced 0.9 percent in June (vs 0.8 percent in May) and those at gasoline stations increased 1 percent (vs 3 percent in May). Sales at building material stores increased 0.8 percent last month (vs 2.5 percent in May), and online and mail-order retail trade surged 1.3 percent (vs 0.4 percent in May), the biggest gain since November 2017. Sales also rose at: furniture & home furniture stores (0.6 percent vs -1.4 percent); health & personal care stores (2.2 percent vs 1.3 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (0.2 percent vs 1.2 percent); and food services & drinking places (1.5 percent vs 2.6 percent).

Meanwhile, receipts at clothing stores fell 2.5 percent (vs 2.9 percent in May), the biggest drop since February 2017; and those at hobby, musical instrument and book stores declined 3.2 percent (vs -0.9 percent in May), the most since December 2017. Declines were also seen at: electronics & appliance stores (-0.4 percent vs 0.4 percent); food & beverage stores (-0.3 percent vs 0.2 percent); and general merchandise stores (-0.8 percent vs 1.2 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales were unchanged in June after an upwardly revised 0.8 percent increase in May.

Year-on-year, retail trade grew 6.6 percent in June, compared with a 6.5 percent rise in May.


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/16/2018 12:51:45 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-05-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.3% 0.8% 0.3% 0.3%
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% 0.37%
2018-09-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.34%
2018-10-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.36%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.10 98.20 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.50 1.30 6.70 -3.90 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 6.60 6.50 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.40 1.40 2.60 -4.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 12061.04 12035.23 12061.04 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14929.76 14860.81 14929.76 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.20 0.50 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.20 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 3.20 2.80 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 24.60 10.30 118.10 -113.40 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9347.40 9256.98 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.89 4.75 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 56.40 53.90 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.30 5.20 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 4410.00 4110.00 15875.00 3055.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.75 0.78 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 July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.50 1.30 6.70 -3.90 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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