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Retail sales in the United States declined 0.3 percent in August from July of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in the previous period and worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent fall. It is first decline in 5 months as sales dropped off for almost all stores except grocers and clothing. Biggest decreases were observed at auto dealers (-0.9 percent), gas stations (-0.8 percent), home-improvement centers (-1.4 percent), department stores (-0.6 percent). Excluding autos, retail sales edged down 0.1 percent. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.35 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
-0.30 0.10 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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 -0.3% 0.1% -0.1% 0.2%
2016-10-14 12:30 PM Sep -0.3% 0.37%
2016-11-15 01:30 PM Oct 0.44%
2016-12-12 01:30 PM Nov 0.29%

US Retail Sales Fall More than Expected


Retail sales in the United States declined 0.3 percent in August from July of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in the previous period. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent fall, mainly due to lower auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales edged down 0.1 percent.

Sales in miscellaneous store retailers fell the most (-2.4 percent), followed by sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (-1.4 percent); building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (-1.4 percent); motor vehicle and parts dealers (-0.9 percent); gasoline stations (-0.8 percent); furniture and home furniture stores (-0.7 percent); nonstore retailers (-0.3 percent) and health and personal care stores (-0.1 percent). Sales at general merchandise stores were flat. 

In contrast, sales rose for food services and drinking places (0.9 percent); clothing (0.7 percent); food and beverages (0.3 percent) and electronics and appliance stores (0.1 percent). 

Year-on-year, retail sales increased 1.9 percent, slowing from an upwardly revised 2.4 percent gain in July. 

US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/15/2016 12:59:16 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 89.80 89.80 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.30 0.10 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 1.90 2.40 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.10 -0.40 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11487.40 11365.20 11487.40 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14059.90 13941.00 14059.90 351.90 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 5.70 5.30 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 17.71 14.53 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8998.31 8970.11 8998.31 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 46.70 48.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.20 0.20 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.59 0.58 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.40 79.20 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4122.00 4281.00 15875.00 3362.00 USD Million [+]