U.S. Retail Sales 1992-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Retail Sales in the United States decreased 0.60 percent in February 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 6.71 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
-0.60 -0.80 6.71 -3.58 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 Saturday, March 28, 2015.


US Retail Sales Decline For Third Straight Month


Sales in U.S. retail and food stores unexpectedly decreased 0.6 percent from the previous month, following a 0.8 percent drop in January as cold weather kept consumers from shopping malls and car dealers.

It was the first time since 2012 that sales had dropped for three consecutive months.

In February, retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services were unchanged after a 0.1 percent decline in the previous month.

Eight of 13 major categories showed declines in February while one remained flat. Car sales dropped 2.5 percent after rising 0.5 percent in January. Receipts at building material and garden equipment stores fell 2.3 percent and sales at restaurants and bars slipped 0.6 percent. There were also declines in furniture and electronic and appliances sales. Sales at clothing stores were flat. 

In contrast, sales at gasoline stations rose 1.5 percent compared to 9.8 percent drop in January lifted by a recent rise in gasoline prices. Receipts at online stores climbed 2.2 percent and sales at sporting goods and hobby shops increased 2.3 percent.


US Census Bureau | anna@tradingeconomics.com
3/12/2015 1:04:29 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-01-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Dec
-0.9% 0.4% (R) -0.1% 0.1%
2015-02-12 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Jan
-0.8% -0.9% -0.5% -0.27%
2015-03-12 12:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Feb
-0.6% -0.8% 0.3% 0.39%
2015-04-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Mar
-0.6% 0.41%
2015-05-13 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Apr
0.41%
2015-06-11 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  May
0.41%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 93.00 95.40 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.60 -0.80 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 1.70 3.60 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11119.60 10999.50 11119.60 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13260.00 13207.40 13260.00 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending -0.20 -0.30 2.75 -2.02 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.30 3.82 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.50 5.00 14.60 0.80 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 11.60 17.87 114.70 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 49.10 47.50 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.80 2.60 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 557.50 538.90 583.80 245.40 Index Points [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.63 0.54 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.10 -1.10 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.40 Jan/15 0.20 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil 0.80 Jan/15 -2.60 3.00 -2.60 percent [+]
Canada -1.70 Jan/15 -1.80 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 0.93 Feb/15 0.90 1.57 0.14 percent [+]
Euro Area 1.10 Jan/15 0.40 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France 0.10 Jan/15 0.40 3.30 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany 2.90 Jan/15 0.60 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia -2.60 Jan/15 5.40 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy 0.10 Jan/15 -0.10 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan -1.30 Jan/15 -0.28 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico 2.10 Jan/15 -0.80 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.30 Dec/14 0.80 2.20 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia -4.00 Feb/15 -33.50 23.60 -33.50 percent [+]
South Korea -3.10 Jan/15 1.50 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain -0.40 Jan/15 1.30 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland -2.10 Jan/15 1.00 4.70 -4.80 percent [+]
Turkey -0.30 Jan/15 0.60 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.70 Feb/15 0.10 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States -0.60 Feb/15 -0.80 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]