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Retail Sales in the United States decreased 0.30 percent in September 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.

   
 
 

U.S. Retail Sales


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.30 0.58 6.71 -3.58 1992 - 2014 Percent Monthly
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US Retail Sales Disappoint in September


US retail and food services sales dropped 0.3 percent in September from August, following a 0.6 percent increase in the previous period. It is the first drop in eight months, as consumers spend less in gasoline stations and motor vehicle stores.

Retail sales in clothing stores recorded the highest fall in August (-1.2 percent), followed by building material and garden equipment dealers (-1.1 percent) and gasoline stations (-0.8 percent). Retail sales in motor vehicles stores dropped 0.8 percent, following a 1.9 percent rise in August. Sales in furniture stores also contracted 0.8 percent. 

In contrast, sales in electronics and appliance stores rose 3.4 percent and those in food and beverages dealers were flat in September. 

Core sales, which strip out automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services fell 0.2 percent in September. Retail sales excluding automobiles decreased 0.2 percent.

Year-on-year retail sales rose 4.3 percent. Total sales for the July through September 2014 period were up 4.5 percent from the same period a year ago.

US Commerce Department | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/15/2014 1:45:58 PM


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Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-07-15 01:30 PM United States
Retail Sales MoM
Jun 2014 0.2% 0.5% (R) 0.6% 0.46%
2014-08-13 01:30 PM United States
Retail Sales MoM
Jul 2014 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
2014-09-12 01:30 PM United States
Retail Sales MoM
Aug 2014 0.6% 0.3% (R) 0.6% 0.53%
2014-10-15 01:30 PM United States
Retail Sales MoM
Sep 2014 -0.3% 0.6% -0.1% 0%
2014-11-14 01:30 PM United States
Retail Sales MoM
Oct 2014 -0.3% 0.74%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 86.40 84.60 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.30 0.58 6.71 -3.58 Percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.30 5.00 11.20 -11.40 Percent [+]
Consumer Spending 10912.60 10844.30 10912.60 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13021.20 12969.70 13021.20 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.50 0.00 2.75 -2.02 Percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.20 3.82 -4.36 Percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.30 5.30 14.60 0.80 Percent [+]
Consumer Credit 13.50 21.61 114.70 -18.00 USD Billions [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 Percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 45.20 45.20 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 4.10 5.40 7.60 -5.80 Percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 555.10 560.40 584.40 245.10 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.20 0.30 2.20 -5.00 Percent [+]