U.S. Retail Sales  1992-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Retail sales in the United States declined 0.4 percent in March from February of 2016 after posting no growth in the previous period, revised data showed. Retail sales have been previously reported as falling 0.3 percent. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.35 percent from 1992 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 6.70 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.60 percent in October of 2008. Retail Sales MoM in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.30 -0.10 6.70 -3.60 1992 - 2016 percent Monthly
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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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-12 01:30 PM Jan 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.40%
2016-03-15 12:30 PM Feb -0.1% -0.4% -0.1% -0.3%
2016-04-13 12:30 PM Mar -0.3% 0.0% 0.1% 0.3%
2016-05-13 12:30 PM Apr -0.4% 0.5% 0.34%
2016-06-14 12:30 PM May 0.26%
2016-07-15 12:30 PM Jun 0.28%

US Retail Sales Down 0.3%


Retail sales in the United States declined 0.3 percent in March from February of 2016 after posting no growth in the previous period and compared to market expectations of a 0.1 percent increase, due to lower auto sales. Considering the first quarter of the year, retail sales declined 0.1 percent.

4 out of 13 major categories declined, 7 went up and 2 showed no growth. The biggest decline was reported for motor vehicle sales and part dealers (-2.1 percent), followed by clothing (-0.9 percent), sales at food services and drinking places (-0.8 percent) and nonstore retailers (-0.1 percent). In contrast, sales at building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers posted the highest increase (1.4 percent), followed by health and personal care (1 percent), gasoline stations (0.9 percent), general merchandise stores (0.5 percent), furniture and home furniture stores (0.3 percent), sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores supplies dealers (0.2 percent) and electronics and appliance stores (0.1 percent). On the other hand, sales at food and beverages stores and miscellaneous store retailers showed no growth.

Excluding autos, sales increased 0.2 percent, after posting no growth in the previous month. The so-called control group of sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services – were up 0.1 percent after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent increase in the previous month. 

Retail sales for the February month have been previously reported as falling 0.1 percent.

US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/13/2016 1:59:42 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 89.70 91.70 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.30 -0.10 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 1.70 3.10 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.20 -0.10 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11383.20 11330.70 11383.20 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13719.30 13688.50 13719.30 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.10 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.20 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.40 5.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 17.22 21.38 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8762.93 8707.10 8762.93 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 48.70 46.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.60 0.80 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.57 0.55 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.10 79.10 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4057.00 3362.00 15875.00 3362.00 USD Million [+]