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

Retail Sales in the United States were unchanged in April of 2015 over the previous month. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 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
0.00 1.10 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 Friday, May 29, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-12 12:30 PM Feb -0.6% -0.8% 0.3% 0.39%
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 0.0% 0.41%
2015-07-14 01:30 PM Jun 0.41%
2015-08-13 01:30 PM Jul 0.41%


US Retail Sales Disappoint


Retail sales in the United States were flat in April, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent rise in March driven mostly by a fall in autos and gasoline sales.

Six of 13 major categories showed decreases in April. Sales at department stores dropped the most (-2.2 percent), followed by furniture (-0.9 percent) and gas stations (-0.7 percent). Receipts at electronics and appliance stores; and motor vehicle and parts dealers shrank 0.4 percent each; at grocery stores declined 0.3 percent and sales in food and beverages fell 0.1 percent. 

Sales at sporting goods, book and music store, nonstore retailers and health and personal care stores rose by 0.8 percent each. Purchases in food services and drinking places increased by 0.7 percent, building material and garden equipment by 0.3 percent and clothing by 0.2 percent. 

Core retail sales (excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services) were also unchanged after rising 0.5 percent in March. Excluding autos, receipts edged up 0.1 percent, slowing from a 0.7 percent increase in March. Sales excluding gas and autos increased 0.2 percent, down from 0.7 percent in the previous month.


US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/13/2015 2:58:20 PM


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United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 88.60 95.90 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.00 1.10 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 0.90 1.70 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11169.60 11119.60 11169.60 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13317.40 13315.80 13317.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.00 0.40 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.30 5.70 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.50 14.79 114.70 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 49.70 51.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.60 1.40 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 580.50 585.60 585.60 245.40 Index Points [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.68 0.65 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.10 0.70 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.30 Mar/15 0.70 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil -0.90 Mar/15 -0.40 3.00 -2.60 percent [+]
Canada 0.70 Mar/15 1.50 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 0.74 Apr/15 0.64 1.57 0.14 percent [+]
Euro Area -0.80 Mar/15 0.10 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France -0.30 Mar/15 0.70 3.30 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany 1.70 Apr/15 -1.40 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 2.20 Mar/15 -0.40 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy -0.11 Mar/15 -0.10 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan 0.40 Apr/15 -1.80 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico 0.20 Mar/15 0.50 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.20 Feb/15 0.20 2.20 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia -2.60 Apr/15 6.80 23.60 -33.50 percent [+]
South Korea 1.60 Apr/15 -0.50 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain 1.30 Apr/15 0.20 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland 0.70 Mar/15 -1.20 4.70 -4.80 percent [+]
Turkey 0.30 Mar/15 -0.90 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 1.20 Apr/15 -0.70 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States 0.00 Apr/15 1.10 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]