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

Retail Sales in the United States increased 0.90 percent in March 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 6.71 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.58 percent in October of 2008. Retail Sales MoM in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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U.S. Retail Sales


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.90 -0.50 6.71 -3.58 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, April 19, 2015.


US Retail Sales Rebound in March


U.S. retail sales rose 0.9 percent in March after declining in the last three months as consumers bought automobiles and other goods. It was the largest gain since March of 2014.

Nine of 13 major categories showed increases in March. Automobile sales surged 2.7 percent, the biggest rise since March 2014. Receipts at building material and garden equipment stores increased 2.1 percent, the largest rise since July 2013. Sales at clothing stores rose 1.2 percent and at restaurants and bars grew 0.7 percent.  There were also increases in sales at furniture stores and sporting goods and hobby shops. In contrast, sales at gasoline stations, online retailers, electronic and appliance stores declined.

Core retail sales (excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services) rose 0.3 percent after a revised 0.2 percent decline in February. Retail sales excluding autos were up 0.4 percent after being stable in February. Sales excluding gas and autos increased 0.5 percent after declining 0.3 percent in the previous month.



US Census Bureau | anna@tradingeconomics.com
4/14/2015 2:02:45 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-12 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Jan
-0.8% -0.9% -0.5% -0.27%
2015-03-12 12:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Feb
-0.6% -0.8% 0.3% 0.39%
2015-04-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Mar
0.9% -0.5% (R) 1.0% 0.81%
2015-05-13 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Apr
0.9% 0.41%
2015-06-11 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  May
0.41%
2015-07-14 01:30 PM
Retail Sales MoM  Jun
0.41%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 95.90 93.00 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.90 -0.50 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 1.30 1.90 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11119.60 10999.50 11119.60 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13319.80 13265.60 13319.80 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 -0.20 2.75 -2.02 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.40 3.82 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.80 5.50 14.60 0.80 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 15.50 10.80 114.70 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.30 49.10 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.10 3.00 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 585.60 557.50 585.60 245.40 Index Points [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.65 0.63 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.40 0.00 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Retail Sales MoM Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.70 Feb/15 0.50 8.10 -10.60 percent [+]
Brazil -0.10 Feb/15 0.30 3.00 -2.60 percent [+]
Canada 1.70 Feb/15 -1.40 3.70 -4.50 percent [+]
China 0.71 Mar/15 0.97 1.57 0.14 percent [+]
Euro Area -0.20 Feb/15 0.90 1.80 -1.75 percent [+]
France 0.00 Feb/15 0.20 3.30 -3.50 percent [+]
Germany -0.50 Feb/15 2.30 3.00 -4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia -0.04 Feb/15 -2.60 26.00 -22.30 percent [+]
Italy 0.10 Jan/15 -0.10 2.80 -3.15 percent [+]
Japan -1.30 Jan/15 -0.28 7.17 -13.70 percent [+]
Mexico 2.10 Jan/15 -0.80 3.10 -3.65 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.30 Jan/15 0.40 2.20 -5.80 percent [+]
Russia 6.80 Mar/15 -4.00 23.60 -33.50 percent [+]
South Korea 2.80 Feb/15 -2.80 5.70 -13.30 percent [+]
Spain -0.70 Feb/15 -0.50 3.90 -9.30 percent [+]
Switzerland -1.20 Feb/15 -2.10 4.70 -4.80 percent [+]
Turkey -0.70 Feb/15 -0.30 9.70 -7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.70 Feb/15 0.10 2.70 -3.30 percent [+]
United States 0.90 Mar/15 -0.50 6.71 -3.58 percent [+]