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

Retail Sales in the United States increased 1.20 percent in May of 2015 over the previous month. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.37 percent from 1992 until 2015, 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
1.20 0.20 6.70 -3.60 1992 - 2015 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 Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-04-14 01:30 PM Mar 0.9% -0.5% (R) 1.0% 0.81%
2015-05-13 01:30 PM Apr 0.0% 1.1% (R) 0.2% 0.41%
2015-06-11 01:30 PM May 1.2% 0.2% (R) 1.1% 0.43%
2015-07-14 01:30 PM Jun 1.2% 0.4% 0.29%
2015-08-13 01:30 PM Jul 0.4%
2015-09-11 01:30 PM Aug 0.39%


US Retail Sales Beat Forecasts


Retail sales increased 1.2 percent in May over April, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in the previous period, boosted by purchases of automobiles, food and gasoline.

Sales in gasoline stations recorded the highest increase (3.7 percent), followed by building material and garden equipment (2.1 percent), motor vehicle and parts (2 percent), clothing and footwear stores (1.5 percent) and nonstore retailers (1.4 percent). Purchases in sporting goods, book and music stores, general merchandise stores and furniture rose by 0.8 percent each. Receipts in grocery stores went up 0.3 percent while those in electronics and appliances edged up 0.1 percent.  

Only one of 13 major categories showed decreases in May: sales in health and personal care stores (-0.3 percent). 

Core retail sales (excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services) surged 0.7 percent; those excluding autos increased 1 percent and sales excluding gas and autos went up 0.7 percent. All rose at a faster pace in May  (0.1 percent, 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent respectively in April).

US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/11/2015 2:10:30 PM


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United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 96.10 90.70 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 1.20 0.20 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.70 1.50 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11177.90 11119.60 11177.90 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13429.30 13353.40 13429.30 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.90 0.10 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.50 0.50 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.10 5.60 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.50 21.40 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 48.10 49.70 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.70 1.70 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 566.40 580.50 585.60 245.40 Index Points [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.74 0.73 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Private Sector Credit 8209.18 8187.04 8209.18 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 1.00 0.10 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.30 May/15 -0.10 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil -0.40 Apr/15 -0.90 3.00 -2.60 percent [+]
Canada -0.10 Apr/15 0.90 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 0.81 May/15 0.72 1.57 0.14 percent [+]
Euro Area 0.20 May/15 0.70 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France 0.60 May/15 0.80 3.30 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany 0.50 May/15 1.30 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 0.50 Apr/15 2.50 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy 0.70 Apr/15 -0.11 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan 1.67 May/15 0.29 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico -0.30 Apr/15 0.20 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands -0.10 Apr/15 -0.30 2.20 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia 2.10 May/15 -2.60 23.60 -33.50 percent [+]
South Korea 0.00 May/15 1.40 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain 0.10 May/15 1.30 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland 2.10 Apr/15 0.70 4.70 -4.80 percent [+]
Turkey 0.30 Apr/15 0.40 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.20 May/15 0.80 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States 1.20 May/15 0.20 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]