Retail sales in the US unexpectedly fell 0.3% mom in May of 2022, the first decline so far this year and compared to market forecasts of a 0.2% rise. It follows a downwardy revised 0.7% increase in April, as high inflation, gasoline prices and borrowing costs hurt spending on non-essential goods. Auto sales recorded the biggest decline (-4%) and sales also fell at electronics & appliance stores (-1.3%); miscellaneous store retailers (-1.1%); nonstore retailers (-1%); furniture stores (-0.9%); and health & personal care stores (-0.2%). On the other hand, retail sales rose at gasoline stations (4%), amid a surge in gas prices; food and beverage stores (1.2%); food services and drinking places (0.7%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument & book stores (0.4%); and general merchandise stores (0.1%). Excluding autos, retail sales were up 0.5% and excluding gas and autos 0.1%. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.41 percent from 1992 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 18.70 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -14.70 percent in April of 2020. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2022.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 0.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the U.S. Retail Sales is projected to trend around 1.00 percent in 2023 and 0.40 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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U.S. Retail Sales



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-05-17 12:30 PM Apr 0.9% 1.4% 0.9% 0.6%
2022-06-15 12:30 PM May -0.3% 0.7% 0.2% 0.3%
2022-07-15 12:30 PM Jun -0.3% 0.8%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Retail Sales MoM -0.30 0.70 percent May 2022
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.50 0.40 percent May 2022
Retail Sales YoY 8.09 7.82 percent May 2022
Retail Sales Ex Gas and Autos MoM 0.10 0.80 percent May 2022
Chain Store Sales 2628.00 2513.00 USD Million Apr 2022

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%).
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.30 0.70 18.70 -14.70 1992 - 2022 percent Monthly
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News Stream
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall in May
Retail sales in the US unexpectedly fell 0.3% mom in May of 2022, the first decline so far this year and compared to market forecasts of a 0.2% rise. It follows a downwardy revised 0.7% increase in April, as high inflation, gasoline prices and borrowing costs hurt spending on non-essential goods. Auto sales recorded the biggest decline (-4%) and sales also fell at electronics & appliance stores (-1.3%); miscellaneous store retailers (-1.1%); nonstore retailers (-1%); furniture stores (-0.9%); and health & personal care stores (-0.2%). On the other hand, retail sales rose at gasoline stations (4%), amid a surge in gas prices; food and beverage stores (1.2%); food services and drinking places (0.7%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument & book stores (0.4%); and general merchandise stores (0.1%). Excluding autos, retail sales were up 0.5% and excluding gas and autos 0.1%.
2022-06-15
US Retail Sales Rise for 4th Month
Retail sales in the US increased 0.9% mom in April of 2022, following an upwardly revised 1.4% surge in March and matching market forecasts. The reading showed American consumers continued to spend despite stubbornly high levels of inflation although it was the smallest gain in retail trade in four months. Biggest increases were seen for sales at miscellaneous store retailers (4%); motor vehicle & parts dealers (2.2%); nonstore retailers (2.1%); food services & drinking places (2%); and electronics & appliances stores (1%). In contrast, retail sales fell 2.7% at gasoline stations, 0.5% at sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, & book stores; and 0.2% at food and beverages stores. Year-on-year, retail sales increased 8.2%.
2022-05-17
US Retail Sales Below Forecasts
Retail sales in the US were up 0.5% month-over-month in March of 2022, below an upwardly revised 0.8% rise in February and market forecasts of 0.6%. Figures show consumer spending remains robust but reflect mainly an increase in spending due to a surge in prices for energy, food and other goods and services. Retail sales aren’t adjusted for inflation. Sales at gasoline stations recorded the biggest increase (8.9%), but excluding those receipts, sales fell 0.3%. Other gains were seen in sales at general merchandise stores (5.4%); electronics and appliances stores (3.3%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument (3.3%); clothing (2.6%); food and beverages stores (1%); food services and drinking places (1%); miscellaneous stores (0.8%); furniture (0.7%) and building materials and garden equipment (0.5%). In contrast, sales went down at nonstore retailers (-6.4%) and motor vehicle and parts dealers (-1.9%).
2022-04-14