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

Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in January 2017, following an upwardly revised 1 percent rise in December and above market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. Higher sales at gasoline stations, restaurants and electronics and appliances stores offset a sharp drop in motor vehicle purchases. The so-called core retail trade, which excludes automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services rose also 0.4 percent after an upwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in December. Compared to January last year retail sales were up 5.6 percent. 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)
2016-12-14 01:30 PM Nov 0.1% 0.6% 0.3% 0.3%
2017-01-13 01:30 PM Dec 0.6% 0.2% 0.7% 0.7%
2017-02-15 01:30 PM Jan 0.4% 1% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-03-15 12:30 PM Feb 0.4% 0.34%
2017-04-14 12:30 PM Mar 0.32%
2017-05-12 12:30 PM Apr 0.37%




US Retail Sales Rise More Than Expected In January


Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in January 2017, following an upwardly revised 1 percent rise in December and above market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. Higher sales at gasoline stations, restaurants and electronics and appliances stores offset a sharp drop in motor vehicle purchases.

11 out of 13 major retail categories showed gains in January while 2 declined.

The biggest increases were recorded at: Gasoline stations (2.3 percent from 3.2 percent in December); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (1.8 percent from -0.2 percent); food services and drinking places (1.4 percent from -1.1 percent); electronics and appliance stores (1.6 percent from -1.1 percent).

By contrast, sales of motor vehicles dropped 1.4 percent, the biggest decline in 10 months, after rising by 3.2 percent in December.

The so-called core retail sales that exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services and correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product, rose 0.4 percent after an upwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in December.

Compared to January last year retail sales were up 5.6 percent. 

US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
2/15/2017 2:20:58 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 96.30 98.50 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.40 1.00 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.60 4.40 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.80 0.40 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11640.40 11569.00 11640.40 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14281.20 14225.10 14281.20 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.50 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.10 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.40 5.50 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 14.16 25.20 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9128.74 9136.21 9141.48 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.75 3.64 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 56.40 55.60 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.10 0.90 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.61 0.61 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.80 78.40 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 8741.00 5754.00 15875.00 3362.00 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 February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 1.00 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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