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

Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.1 percent month-over-month in February 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in January and in line with market expectations. It was the smallest increase since August, due to lower purchases at motor vehicle and parts dealers and electronics and appliance stores. In contrast, sales rose for building material and garden equipment and nonstore retailers. The so-called core retail trade, which excludes automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services rose also 0.1 percent after an upwardly revised 0.8 percent gain in January. Compared to February last year retail sales were up 5.7 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)
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 0.1% 0.6% 0.1% 0.3%
2017-04-14 12:30 PM Mar 0.1% 0.35%
2017-05-12 12:30 PM Apr 0.36%
2017-06-14 12:30 PM May 0.32%




US Retail Sales Rise The Least In 6 Months


Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.1 percent month-over-month in February 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in January and in line with market expectations. It was the smallest increase since August, due to lower purchases at motor vehicle and parts dealers and electronics and appliance stores. In contrast, sales rose for building material and garden equipment and nonstore retailers.

4 out of 13 major retail categories showed gains in February while 8 declined and 1 was unchanged.

The biggest increases were recorded at: building material and garden equipment (1.8 percent from 1.2 percent in January); nonstore retailers (1.2 percent from 0.5 percent); health and personal care stores (0.7 percent from 0.9 percent) and furniture stores (0.7 percent from 2.4 percent). 

By contrast, sales of motor vehicles dropped 0.2 percent (-1.3 percent in January) and at electronics and appliances stores fell 2.8 percent (1.1 percent in January), the biggest decline since December 2011. Also, sales declined for gasoline stations (-0.6 percent from 2.1 percent); clothing and clothing accessories (-0.5 percent from 1.2 percent); general merchandise stores (-0.2 percent from 0.5 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (-0.8 percent from -0.3 percent); food services and drinking places (-0.1 percent from 1.7 percent) and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (-0.4 percent from 1.4 percent).

Meanwhile, sales at food and beverage stores were flat.

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 0.1 percent after an upwardly revised 0.8 percent gain in January.

Compared to February last year retail sales were up 5.7 percent. 

US Census Bureau | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
3/15/2017 1:00:32 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.60 96.30 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.10 0.60 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.70 6.00 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.20 1.20 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11655.00 11569.00 11655.00 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14345.40 14281.20 14345.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.20 0.50 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.50 5.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 8.79 14.76 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9130.82 9128.74 9141.48 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.75 3.75 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 55.30 56.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.20 1.30 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.61 0.61 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.40 78.80 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 3129.00 8741.00 15875.00 3129.00 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 March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.10 0.60 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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