U.S. Retail Sales  1992-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Retail sales in the United States increased 0.8 percent month-over-month in October from September of 2016, following an upwardly revised 1 percent rise in the previous period. Figures beat market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain, mainly boosted by sales of motor vehicles. 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-09-15 12:30 PM Aug -0.3% 0.1% -0.1% 0.2%
2016-10-14 12:30 PM Sep 0.6% -0.2% 0.6% 0.4%
2016-11-15 01:30 PM Oct 0.8% 1% 0.6% 0.4%
2016-12-14 01:30 PM Nov 0.8% 0.5% 0.3%
2017-01-16 01:30 PM Dec
2017-02-13 01:30 PM Jan




US Retail Sales Rise for 2nd Month


Retail sales in the United States increased 0.8 percent month-over-month in October from September of 2016, following an upwardly revised 1 percent rise in the previous period. Figures beat market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain, mainly boosted by sales of motor vehicles.

Sales in miscellaneous store retailers recorded the highest increase (2.4 percent), followed by gasoline stations (2.2 percent); nonstore retailers (1.5 percent); sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (1.3 percent); motor vehicle and parts dealers (1.1 percent); building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (1.1 percent); food and beverages stores (0.9 percent); health and personal care stores (0.8 percent); clothing and clothing accessories stores (0.6 percent); general merchandise stores (0.4 percent) and electronics and appliance stores (0.2 percent).

In contrast, sales declined in furniture and home furniture stores (-0.9 percent) and food services and drinking places (-0.7 percent).

Year-on-year, retail sales increased 4.3 percent, following an upwardly revised 3.2 percent gain in September. 

US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/15/2016 1:51:01 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 93.80 87.20 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.80 1.00 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.30 3.20 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.80 0.70 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11563.50 11484.90 11563.50 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14107.20 14075.70 14107.20 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.30 0.70 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.60 0.40 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.70 5.70 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 16.02 21.80 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9106.39 9072.18 9106.39 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 54.80 51.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.70 2.20 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.57 0.59 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.40 79.20 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4099.00 4118.00 15875.00 3362.00 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 December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.80 1.00 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2016 percent Monthly
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