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

Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent month-over-month in June 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent drop in May and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. It was the second straight month of decline in retail trade, mainly driven by lower sales at miscellaneous store retailers and gasoline stations. On a year-on-year basis, retail sales rose 2.8 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)
2017-05-12 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 -0.2% -0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-08-15 12:30 PM Jul -0.2% 0.32%
2017-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0.28%
2017-10-13 12:30 PM Sep 0.24%




US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall In June


Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent month-over-month in June 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent drop in May and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. It was the second straight month of decline in retail trade, mainly driven by lower sales at miscellaneous store retailers and gasoline stations.

6 out of 13 major retail categories showed declines in June while 7 increased.

Sales fell at: Miscellaneous store retailers (-3.1 percent from -0.7 percent in May); gasoline stations (-1.3 percent from -3 percent); food services and drinking places (-0.6 percent from 0.4 percent); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (-0.6 percent from -1.1 percent); food and beverages stores (-0.4 percent from 0.1 percent); and clothing stores (-0.1 percent from -0.2 percent).

By contrast, sales increased at: Building material stores (0.5 percent from -0.6 percent in May); nonstore retailers (0.4 percent from 0.8 percent); general merchandise stores (0.4 percent from -0.4 percent); health and personal care stores (0.3 percent from 0.2 percent); motor vehicle and parts dealers (0.1 percent from 1 percent); furniture and home furniture stores (0.1 percent, the same as in May); and electronics and appliance stores (0.1 percent from -1.3 percent).
Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales fell 0.1 percent after being unchanged in May.

Compared to June last year retail sales were up 2.8 percent. 

US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/14/2017 12:54:18 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 93.10 95.10 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.20 -0.10 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.80 3.80 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.20 -0.30 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11701.30 11669.80 11701.30 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14490.10 14432.50 14490.10 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.40 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.50 5.30 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 18.40 12.90 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9250.51 9220.64 9250.51 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.13 4.00 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 50.20 51.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.00 2.40 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.60 0.63 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.50 79.40 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4514.00 4254.00 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 July of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.20 -0.10 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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