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

Retail sales in the Unites States rose 1.3 percent in April from March of 2016, compared to a 0.3 percent drop in the previous month and above market forecasts. It is the highest gain since March last year, mainly driven by auto sales, in a sign that economic growth could gain momentum in the second quarter. 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
1.30 -0.30 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-15 12:30 PM Feb -0.1% -0.4% -0.1% -0.3%
2016-04-13 12:30 PM Mar -0.3% 0.0% 0.1% 0.3%
2016-05-13 12:30 PM Apr 1.3% -0.3% 0.7% 0.34%
2016-06-14 12:30 PM May 1.3% 0.16%
2016-07-15 12:30 PM Jun 0.35%
2016-08-12 12:30 PM Jul 0.24%

US Retail Sales Rise the Most in 13 Months


Retail sales in the Unites States rose 1.3 percent in April from March of 2016, compared to a 0.3 percent drop in the previous month and above market forecasts. It is the highest gain since March last year, mainly driven by auto sales, in a sign that economic growth could gain momentum in the second quarter.

11 out of 13 major categories increased while 1 declined and 1 posted no growth. The biggest increase was recorded for sales in motor vehicle and part dealers (3.2 percent), followed by gasoline stations (2.2 percent), nonstore retailers (2.1 percent), miscellaneous store retailers (1.5 percent), clothing (1 percent), food and beverages (0.9 percent), health and personal care stores (0.9 percent), furniture and home furniture stores (0.7 percent), electronics and appliance stores (0.5 percent), food services and drinking places (0.3 percent) and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (0.2 percent). In contrast, sales in general merchandise stores showed no growth and those in building materials and garden equipment dealers went down 1 percent. 

Excluding autos, sales increased 0.8 percent, after rising an upwardly revised 0.4 percent in the previous month. The so-called control group of sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services – were up 0.9 percent after an upwardly revised 0.2 percent increase in the previous month. 


US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/13/2016 2:01:01 PM

United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 95.80 91.70 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 1.30 -0.30 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 3.00 1.70 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.80 0.20 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11384.20 11330.70 11384.20 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13719.30 13688.50 13719.30 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.10 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.20 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.40 5.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 29.67 14.14 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 8813.53 8762.93 8813.53 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.50 3.50 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 48.70 46.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 0.40 0.50 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.57 0.55 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.10 79.10 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 4380.00 4057.00 15875.00 3362.00 USD Million [+]