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

Retail sales in the United States increased 0.6 percent month-over-month in December of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in November and below market expectations of a 0.7 percent gain. Sales of autos and gasoline rebounded. Considering the three months to December, retail sales went up 1.6 percent and for full 2016 sales rose 3.3 percent, higher than 2.3 percent in 2015. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2016, 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)
2016-11-15 01:30 PM Oct 0.8% 1% 0.6% 0.4%
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 0.6% 0.3%
2017-03-15 12:30 PM Feb 0.35%
2017-04-14 12:30 PM Mar 0.41%




US Retail Sales Rise Less Than Expected


Retail sales in the United States increased 0.6 percent month-over-month in December of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in November and below market expectations of a 0.7 percent gain. Sales of autos and gasoline rebounded. Considering the three months to December, retail sales went up 1.6 percent and for full 2016 sales rose 3.3 percent, higher than 2.3 percent in 2015.

7 out of 13 major retail categories showed gains in December, 1 was unchanged and 5 declined.

The biggest increases were recorded for motor vehicles and parts (2.4 percent vs -0.2 percent in November), gasoline statisons (2 percent vs 0 percent), nonstore retailers (1.3 percent vs 0.3 percent), furniture (0.5 percent vs 0 percent), building materials and garden equipment (0.5 percent vs 0.6 percent), health and personal care stores (0.3 percent, the same as in November) and sporting goods (0.2 percent vs -1.4 percent).

In contrast, sales were flat for clothing (0 percent in November) and fell for miscellaneous stores (-1 percent vs 0 percent), food services and drinking places (-0.8 percent vs 1.2 percent), electronics and appliances (-0.5 percent vs 0.1 percent), general merchandise stores (-0.5 percent vs 0.1 percent) and food and beverages (-0.3 percent vs 0 percent). 

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 0.2 percent after being flat in November.

Year-on-year, retail sales increased by 4.1 percent.

US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/13/2017 1:56:26 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 98.10 98.20 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.60 0.20 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.10 3.90 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.20 0.30 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11569.00 11484.90 11569.00 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14225.10 14226.50 14226.50 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.20 0.40 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.00 0.50 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.50 5.70 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 24.53 16.17 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9136.21 9141.48 9141.48 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.64 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 55.60 54.80 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.30 0.90 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.61 0.57 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.80 78.40 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 5754.00 4205.00 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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 0.20 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2016 percent Monthly
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