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

Retail sales in the United States rose 1.6 percent month-over-month in September of 2017, slightly below market expectations of a 1.7 percent but following a upwardly revised 0.1 percent fall in August. It is the biggest increase since March 2015 as sales of motor vehicles recovered after hurricanes and higher prices lifted receipts at gasoline stations. 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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US Retail Sales Rise the Most Since 2015


Retail sales in the US rose 1.6 percent month-over-month in September of 2017, slightly below market expectations of a 1.7 percent but following a revised 0.1 percent fall in August. It is the biggest gain since March 2015 as motor vehicles sales recovered after hurricanes and higher prices boosted receipts at gasoline stations

Excluding motor vehicles and gasoline, sales increased 0.5 percent.

These so-called core retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and foodservices,increased 0.4 percent last month after being unchanged in August.

8 of 13 major retail categories showed a gain.  Receipts at auto dealerships jumped 3.6 percent (1.5 percent in August) as residents replaced flood-damaged motor vehicles.  Sales at gasoline stations surged 5.8 percent after a 4.1 percent increase the prior month. Receipt at building materials merchants increased 2.1 percent (0.6 percent in August), the biggest advance since February. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 0.8 percent, the most since January. Purchases also were higher at general merchandise stores, Internet retailers and clothing outlets. In contrast, sales went down at furniture stores; electonics and appliances; health and personal care; sporting goods, hobby, book & music and miscellaneus.

On annual basis, retail sales rose 4.4 percent versus 3.2 repoerted in August.

Anna | anna@tradingeconomics.com
10/13/2017 12:58:16 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-08-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% 0.3%
2017-09-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM -0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1%
2017-10-13 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 1.6% -0.1% 1.7% 0.3%
2017-11-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.31%
2017-12-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.32%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 101.10 95.10 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 1.60 -0.10 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.40 3.20 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 1.00 0.50 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11853.00 11758.00 11853.00 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14417.40 14410.40 14490.10 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.30 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.20 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 3.60 3.50 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 13.10 17.70 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9369.63 9324.53 9369.63 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.25 4.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 50.30 53.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.60 3.20 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.68 0.63 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.70 79.50 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4100.00 4162.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]
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 October of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.60 -0.10 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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