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 March 2017 after February sales were revised to a 0.3 percent decrease which previously was reported as a 0.1 percent gain. It was the first consecutive two-month drop in more than two years as purchases drop in car dealers and gasoline stations. Sales declined in six of 13 major retail categories in March. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 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 November of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-15 01:30 PM Jan 0.4% 1% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-03-15 12:30 PM Feb 0.1% 0.6% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-04-14 12:30 PM Mar -0.2% -0.3% -0.1% -0.1%
2017-05-12 12:30 PM Apr -0.2% 0.41%
2017-06-14 12:30 PM May 0.28%
2017-07-14 12:30 PM Jun 0.23%




US Retails Sales Drop 0.2% in March


Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent month-over-month in March 2017 after February figures were revised to a 0.3 percent drop which previously was reported as a 0.1 percent gain. The primary drivers of the decline were lower spending at auto dealerships and gas stations. It was the first consecutive two-month drop in more than two years.

Retail control-group sales, which are used to calculate GDP and exclude the categories of food services, auto dealers, building materials outlets and gasoline stations, rose 0.5 percent after falling 0.2 percent in February. 

Sales declined in six of 13 major retail categories in March. 

Purchases at auto dealers decreased 1.2 percent in March after a 1.5 percent drop. Receipts at gasoline service stations fell 1 percent in March after decling 0.3 percent in February.  Retail sales excluding autos were little changed for a second straight month.

Sales also declined at: building materials outlets  (-1.5 percent vs +2.6 percent in February); furniture stores (-0.3 percent vs +0.2 percent ); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (-0.8 percent vs +0.4 percent); food services and drinking places (-0.6 percent vs -0.3 percent)).

Purchases rose at: electronics and appliances stores (2.6 percent vs -1.9 percent)), food and bevereage stores (0.5 percent vs 0 percent), health and personal care stores (0.1 percent vs 0.9 percent), clothing and clothing accessories (1 percent vs -2.7 percent) and  general merchandise stores (0.3 percent vs -0.4 percent).


Anna | anna@tradingeconomics.com
4/14/2017 12:57:58 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.00 96.90 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.20 -0.30 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.20 5.10 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.00 0.00 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11669.80 11569.00 11669.80 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14402.20 14345.40 14402.20 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.50 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.60 5.50 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 15.20 10.90 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9132.65 9130.82 9141.48 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.88 3.75 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.70 55.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.30 1.60 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.61 0.61 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.40 78.80 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 3584.00 3129.00 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 April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.20 -0.30 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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