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Retail sales in the United States advanced 0.6 percent in June from May 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in the previous period and beating market expectations of 0.1 percent rise. It was the third straight month of gains as sales of motor vehicles, furniture and building material rebounded. Retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of GDP, went up 0.5 percent last month after a 0.5 percent increase in May. 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
0.60 0.20 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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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 0.6% 0.2% 0.1% 0.3%
2016-08-12 12:30 PM Jul 0.6% 0.3% 0.2%
2016-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0.43%
2016-10-14 12:30 PM Sep 0.29%

US Retail Sales Rise for 3rd Straight Month


Retail sales in the United States advanced 0.6 percent in June from May 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in the previous period and beating market expectations of 0.1 percent rise. It was the third straight month of gains as sales of motor vehicles, furniture and building material rebounded.

Sales at motor vehicle and part dealers edged up 0.1 percent compared to a 0.5 percent contraction in May. Sales at furniture and home furniture stores grew 0.5 percent, following a 0.1 percent contraction in the previous month; and those at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers increased 3.9 percent after falling by 2.5 percent in May. Additional upward pressure came from sales at gasoline stations (+1.2 percent); nonstore retailers (+1.1 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (+0.9 percent); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (+0.8 percent); health and personal care stores (+0.7 percent); food and beverage stores (+0.5 percent). By contrast sales at clothing and clothing accessories stores fell 1 percent and those at electronics and appliance stores were flat.

Retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of GDP, went up 0.5 percent last month after a 0.5 percent increase in May.

Compared with the same month of the previous year, retail sales advanced 2.7 percent, accelerating from a 2.5 percent gain in May.

US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/15/2016 1:59:58 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 90.00 93.50 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.60 0.20 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.70 2.50 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.70 0.40 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11482.80 11365.20 11482.80 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13891.10 13855.40 13891.10 351.90 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 5.30 5.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 18.56 13.40 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8907.20 8858.13 8907.20 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 45.50 48.20 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.60 0.40 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 4554.00 4389.00 15875.00 3362.00 USD Million [+]