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

Retail Sales in the United States decreased 0.90 percent in December 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.

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U.S. Retail Sales


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.90 0.40 6.71 -3.58 1992 - 2014 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 Tuesday, January 27, 2015.


US Retail Sales Disappoint in December


Retail sales shrank 0.9 percent in December, following a 0.4 percent gain in the previous month that was smaller than previously estimated. It is the biggest drop since January as demand fell for nine of thirteen major categories.


Sales at gasoline stations recorded the highest decrease (-6.5 percent) as price of petrol become cheaper. The receipts also fell at: electronics and appliance stores (-1.6 percent); auto dealers (-0.3 percent); clothing retailers (-0.3 percent); online stores (- 0.3 percent), sporting goods stores (0.2 percent), miscellaneous store retailers (-1.9 percent) and building material and garden dealers (-1.9 percent).

In contrast, receipts rose at: furniture stores (0.8 percent), grocery stores (0.3 percent) and health care stores (0.5 percent). 

Core sales, which strip out automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services fell 0.4 percent, following a 0.6 percent rise in November. Excluding automobiles, sales dropped 1 percent (+0.1 percent in the previous month). 

Year-on-year retail sales rose 3.2 percent. Total sales for the 12 months of 2014 were up 4.0 percent from 2013.

US Commerce Department | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/14/2015 2:51:36 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-11-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Oct
0.3% -0.3% 0.2% 0.3%
2014-12-11 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Nov
0.7% 0.5% (R) 0.4% 0.4%
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
-0.9% 0.57%
2015-03-13 12:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Feb
0.39%
2015-04-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Mar
0.41%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 98.20 93.60 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.90 0.40 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 3.20 4.70 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 10999.50 10912.60 10999.50 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13155.90 13113.50 13155.90 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.60 0.30 2.75 -2.02 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.30 3.82 -4.36 percent [+]
Personal Savings 4.40 4.60 14.60 0.80 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 14.10 15.97 114.70 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.50 48.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 3.20 5.40 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 553.00 550.80 583.80 245.40 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -1.00 0.10 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.10 Nov/14 0.40 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil 0.90 Nov/14 1.00 3.00 -2.30 percent [+]
Canada 0.40 Nov/14 0.00 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 1.01 Dec/14 0.90 1.57 0.14 percent [+]
Euro Area 0.50 Nov/14 0.60 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France 0.80 Nov/14 0.00 3.20 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany 1.00 Nov/14 2.00 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 1.70 Nov/14 1.00 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy 0.11 Nov/14 0.00 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan -0.28 Nov/14 -1.41 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico 0.80 Nov/14 -0.10 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.80 Oct/14 -0.90 3.00 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia 0.30 Nov/14 2.20 20.10 -27.40 percent [+]
South Korea 1.90 Nov/14 -0.10 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain 1.80 Nov/14 -0.70 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland 0.20 Nov/14 0.30 4.70 -4.80 percent [+]
Turkey 0.60 Nov/14 0.00 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.40 Dec/14 1.60 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States -0.90 Dec/14 0.40 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]