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

Retail sales in the United States showed no growth in July from June 2016, following a upwardly revised 0.8 percent gain in the previous period and below market expectations of 0.4 percent rise. Automobile, furniture and online sales were bright spots in July. Sales fell for: clothing, sporting goods and hobby, building materials and garden equipment, electronics and appliance outlets and service stations, restaurants and bars. 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
0.00 0.80 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 August of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2016-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0% 0.46%
2016-10-14 12:30 PM Sep 0.29%
2016-11-15 01:30 PM Oct 0.48%

US Retail Sales Unchanged in July


Retail sales in the United States were flat in July from June 2016 compared to an upwardly revised 0.8 percent gain in the previous period while missing market expectations of 0.4 percent rise.

Sales at nonstore retailers went up 1.3 percent, the same pace as in the previous month, and those at motor vehicle and part dealers rose 1.1 percent compared to a 0.5 percent growth in May. Additional upward pressure came from sales at health and personal care stores (+0.1 percent); miscellaneous store retailers (+0.3 percent); furniture and home furniture stores (+0.2 percent). 

By contrast, sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers dropped 0.5 percent after growing by 4.2 percent in June; and those at gasoline stations fell 2.7 percent, following a 2.2 percent gain.

Compared with the same month of the previous year, retail sales advanced 2.3 percent, slowing from a 2.7 percent gain in June.

US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/12/2016 1:45:35 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 89.80 90.00 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.00 0.80 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.30 2.70 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.30 0.90 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11487.40 11365.20 11487.40 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13941.00 13891.10 13941.00 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.30 0.50 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.30 5.30 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 12.32 17.91 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8970.11 8906.68 8970.11 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 48.40 45.50 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.20 0.20 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.58 0.61 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.20 79.10 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4281.00 4554.00 15875.00 3362.00 USD Million [+]