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Retail sales in the United States increased 0.2 percent in January of 2016 from the previous month, the same as an upwardly revised 0.2 percent growth in December and better than market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. It it the third straight month of gains as Americans spend more on cars, clothing and online merchandise. 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 -3.60 percent in October 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
0.20 -0.10 6.70 -3.60 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-12-11 01:30 PM Nov 0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 0.3%
2016-01-15 01:30 PM Dec -0.1% 0.4% 0% 0.3%
2016-02-12 01:30 PM Jan 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.40%
2016-03-15 12:30 PM Feb 0.2% 0.30%
2016-04-13 12:30 PM Mar 0.30%
2016-05-13 12:30 PM Apr 0.30%

US Retail Sales Beat Expectations


Retail sales in the United States increased 0.2 percent in January of 2016 from the previous month, the same as an upwardly revised 0.2 percent growth in December. It was the third straight month of gains as Americans spent more in online and clothing stores and car dealers.

8 out of 13 major categories increased while 4 declined and 1 was flat. The biggest rise was reported for nonstore retailers (1.6 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (1.2 percent); general merchandise stores (0.8 percent); motor vehicle and parts dealers (0.6 percent); building material, garden equipment and supplies dealers (0.6 percent); food and beverages (0.5 percent); clothing and clothing accessories stores (0.2 percent) and electronics and appliance stores (0.1 percent). Sales at health and personal care stores were flat. 

In contrast, sales at gasoline stations shrank the most (-3.1 percent), followed by sales at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores supplies dealers (-2.1 percent), furniture and home furniture stores (-0.5 percent) and food services and drinking places (-0.5 percent). 

Excluding autos, sales went up 0.1 percent, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in the previous period. The so-called control group of sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services – went up 0.6 percent after an unrevised 0.3 percent fall in December. 

Retail sales for the December month have been previously reported as falling 0.2 percent. 


US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/12/2016 2:45:25 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 90.70 93.10 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.20 -0.10 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 3.40 2.20 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.10 -0.10 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11322.50 11262.40 11322.50 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13654.40 13630.90 13654.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.00 0.30 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.30 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.50 5.50 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 21.27 16.02 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8591.54 8513.93 8591.54 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.37 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 47.80 47.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.60 0.60 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.10 77.10 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.48 0.54 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Chain Store Sales 6083.00 4499.00 15875.00 3489.00 USD Million [+]




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