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Retail sales in the United States went up 0.5 percent in May from April of 2016, following a 1.3 percent rise in the previous period and above market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase. It is the second straight month of gains, boosted by sales of automobiles and other goods. 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. 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
0.50 1.30 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2016 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. U.S. Retail Sales - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-04-13 12:30 PM Mar -0.3% 0.0% 0.1% 0.3%
2016-05-13 12:30 PM Apr 1.3% -0.3% 0.7% 0.34%
2016-06-14 12:30 PM May 0.5% 1.3% 0.3% 0.2%
2016-07-15 12:30 PM Jun 0.5% 0.32%
2016-08-12 12:30 PM Jul 0.25%
2016-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0.43%

US Retail Sales Rise 0.5% in May


Retail sales in the United States went up 0.5 percent in May from April of 2016, following a 1.3 percent rise in the previous period and above market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase. It is the second straight month of gains as 9 of 13 major categories showed increases in demand.

Sales at gasoline stations recorded the highest increase (2.1 percent), followed by sales at sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (1.3 percent); nonstore retailers (1.3 percent); food services and drinking places (0.8 percent); clothing and clothing accessories stores (0.8 percent); health and personal care stores (0.6 percent); motor vehicle and part dealers (0.5 percent); food and beverage stores (0.5 percent) and electronics and appliance stores (0.3 percent). In contrast, sales fell in building material & garden eq. & supplies dealers (-1.8 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (-1.2 percent); general merchandise stores (-0.3 percent) and furniture and home furniture stores (-0.1 percent). 

Excluding autos, sales increased 0.4 percent, after rising 0.8 percent in the previous month. The so-called control group of sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services – were up 0.4 percent after an upwardly revised 1 percent increase in the previous month.

US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/14/2016 2:44:02 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 94.30 94.70 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.50 1.30 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.50 3.00 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.40 0.80 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11372.90 11330.70 11372.90 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13855.40 13719.30 13855.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 1.00 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.20 0.40 4.60 -5.40 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.40 5.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 13.42 28.38 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8858.13 8813.53 8858.13 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 48.20 48.70 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.50 0.90 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.61 0.62 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.20 79.10 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4389.00 4380.00 15875.00 3362.00 USD Million [+]