U.S. Retail Sales 1992-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Retail Sales in the United States increased 0.70 percent in November of 2014 over the previous month. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.37 percent from 1992 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 6.71 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.58 percent in October of 2008. Retail Sales MoM in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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U.S. Retail Sales


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.70 0.50 6.71 -3.58 1992 - 2014 percent Monthly
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US Retail Sales Beat Expectations


Retail sales increased 0.7 percent in November, following a revised 0.5 percent rise in the previous month. It is the highest gain since March, as the holiday shopping boosted food, auto and clothing sales.

Sales of motor vehicles and parts recorded the highest increase (1.7 percent), followed by building materials (1.4 percent) and clothing (1.2 percent). Receipts at online stores rose 1 percent; electronics and appliances grew 0.9 percent; health and personal care went up 0.8 percent and sales in grocery stores rose 0.3 percent. In contrast, sales in gasoline stations shrank 0.8 percent. 

Core sales, which strip out automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services rose 0.6 percent in November. Excluding automobiles, sales increased 0.5 percent.

Year-on-year retail sales rose 5.1 percent. Total sales for the September through November 2014 period were up 4.7 percent from the same period a year ago.

US Commerce Department | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
12/11/2014 1:53:28 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-15 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Sep
-0.3% 0.6% -0.1% 0%
2014-11-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Oct
0.3% -0.3% 0.2% 0.3%
2014-12-11 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Nov
0.7% 0.5% (R) 0.4% 0.4%
2015-01-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Dec
0.39%
2015-02-12 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Jan
0.43%
2015-03-13 12:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Feb
0.42%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 93.80 88.80 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.70 0.50 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.10 4.50 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 10972.10 10912.60 10972.10 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13109.30 13085.90 13118.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.20 0.00 2.75 -2.02 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.20 0.20 3.82 -4.36 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.00 5.00 14.60 0.80 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 13.20 15.44 114.70 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 48.40 46.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 4.20 4.80 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 550.80 559.10 584.40 245.10 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.50 0.40 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.40 Oct/14 1.30 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil 1.00 Oct/14 0.40 3.00 -2.30 percent [+]
Canada 0.00 Oct/14 0.80 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 0.89 Nov/14 0.98 1.57 0.19 percent [+]
Euro Area 0.40 Oct/14 -1.20 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France -0.60 Oct/14 -0.80 3.20 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany 1.90 Oct/14 -2.80 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia -0.60 Sep/14 -10.90 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy -0.10 Sep/14 -0.20 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan -1.41 Oct/14 2.81 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico -0.10 Oct/14 -0.70 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.30 Aug/14 -0.20 3.00 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia 0.30 Nov/14 2.20 20.10 -27.40 percent [+]
South Korea -0.40 Oct/14 -3.20 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain -0.80 Oct/14 -1.70 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland -0.80 Oct/14 -0.80 7.80 -5.40 percent [+]
Turkey 0.00 Oct/14 0.90 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 1.60 Nov/14 1.00 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States 0.70 Nov/14 0.50 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]