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Retail Sales in the United States increased 0.60 percent in July of 2015 over the previous month. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 6.70 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.60 percent in October of 2008. Retail Sales MoM in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 -0.30 6.70 -3.60 1992 - 2015 percent Monthly
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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. Content for - U.S. Retail Sales - was last refreshed on Monday, August 31, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-11 01:30 PM May 1.2% 0.2%(R) 1.1% 0.43%
2015-07-14 01:30 PM Jun -0.3% 1.0%(R) 0.3% 0.29%
2015-08-13 01:30 PM Jul 0.6% 0%(R) 0.5% 0.48%
2015-09-14 01:30 PM Aug 0.6% 0.68
2015-10-14 01:30 PM Sep 0.28
2015-11-13 01:30 PM Oct 0.46


US Retail Sales Rise 0.6% in July


US retail sales increased 0.6 percent in July on higher demand for everything from cars to clothing. The figure for June was revised up to a flat compared to previously reported 0.3 percent drop.

10 out of 13 major categories showed growth in July and one remained unchanged. The biggest gains were reported for: online stores (1.5 percent); motor vehicle and dealers (1.4 percent); sporting goods, hobby, music and books stores (0.9 percent); furniture stores (0.8 percent); building materials and garden equipment (0.7 percent) and food services & drinking places (0.7 percent). Sales in general merchandise stores declined 0.5 percent (department stores dropped by 0.8 percent) and purchases in electronics & appliance stores went down by 1.2 percent. 

Excluding autos, the sales rose 0.4 percent, the same as in the previous month. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services purchases rose 0.3 percent after a revised 0.2 percent gain in June.


US Census Bureau | anna@tradingeconomics.com
8/13/2015 1:58:48 PM


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United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 92.90 93.10 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.60 -0.30 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.40 1.40 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11166.40 11081.20 11166.40 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13407.80 13352.50 13429.30 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.30 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.40 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 4.90 4.80 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.74 21.40 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 46.90 48.10 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.70 1.60 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 594.10 601.50 601.50 245.40 Index Points [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.72 0.74 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Private Sector Credit 8321.52 8261.35 8321.52 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.40 -0.10 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.70 Jun/15 0.30 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil -0.40 Jun/15 -0.80 3.00 -2.60 percent [+]
Canada 0.60 Jun/15 1.00 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 0.79 Jul/15 0.96 1.57 0.14 percent [+]
Euro Area -0.60 Jun/15 0.20 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France 0.10 Jun/15 0.60 3.30 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany 1.40 Jul/15 -2.30 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 0.90 May/15 1.10 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy -0.30 Jun/15 -0.10 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan 1.70 Jul/15 -0.58 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico 1.10 Jun/15 0.20 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands -0.10 May/15 0.00 2.20 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia 3.30 Jul/15 0.40 23.60 -33.50 percent [+]
South Korea 1.90 Jul/15 -3.70 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain 1.30 Jul/15 -0.80 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland 1.40 Jun/15 -1.40 4.70 -4.80 percent [+]
Turkey 0.20 Jun/15 0.70 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.10 Jul/15 -0.20 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States 0.60 Jul/15 -0.30 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]