Retail sales in the US edged up 0.3% mom in October, following a downwardly revised 1.6% gain in September and below forecasts of a 0.5% increase. Sales at motor vehicles dealers (0.4% vs 2.9%) and gasoline stations (0.4% vs 2%) rose at a slower pace while sales declined at furniture stores (-0.4% vs 0.6%); food and beverages (-0.2% vs 0.2%); health and personal care (-0.1% vs 1.3%); clothing (-0.2% vs 13.6%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book (-4.2% vs 8%); general merchandise stores (-1.1% vs 1.7%); miscellaneous retailers (-0.9% vs 1.1%); and food services and drinking places (-0.1% vs 2.4%). In contrast, sales rebounded at electronics and appliances (1.2% vs -1.1%) and nonstore retailers (3.1% vs -1.7) and rose faster at building material dealers (0.9% vs 0.4%). Retail sales could fall further in the coming months amid renewed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus and as a government programs providing benefits to unemployed are set to expire. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 18.30 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -14.70 percent in April of 2020. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2020.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 0.90 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in the United States to stand at 0.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the U.S. Retail Sales is projected to trend around 2.40 percent in 2021 and 0.40 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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U.S. Retail Sales

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.30 1.60 18.30 -14.70 1992 - 2020 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-14 12:30 PM Jul 1.2% 8.4% 1.9% 2%
2020-09-16 12:30 PM Aug 0.6% 0.9% 1% 1%
2020-10-16 12:30 PM Sep 1.9% 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
2020-11-17 01:30 PM Oct 0.3% 1.6% 0.5% 0.4%
2020-12-16 01:30 PM Nov 0.3% 0.2%
2021-01-15 01:30 PM Dec
2021-02-17 01:30 PM Jan
2021-03-16 12:30 PM Feb


News Stream
US Retail Sales Rise Less than Expected
Retail sales in the US edged up 0.3% mom in October, following a downwardly revised 1.6% gain in September and below forecasts of a 0.5% increase. Sales at motor vehicles dealers (0.4% vs 2.9%) and gasoline stations (0.4% vs 2%) rose at a slower pace while sales declined at furniture stores (-0.4% vs 0.6%); food and beverages (-0.2% vs 0.2%); health and personal care (-0.1% vs 1.3%); clothing (-0.2% vs 13.6%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book (-4.2% vs 8%); general merchandise stores (-1.1% vs 1.7%); miscellaneous retailers (-0.9% vs 1.1%); and food services and drinking places (-0.1% vs 2.4%). In contrast, sales rebounded at electronics and appliances (1.2% vs -1.1%) and nonstore retailers (3.1% vs -1.7) and rose faster at building material dealers (0.9% vs 0.4%). Retail sales could fall further in the coming months amid renewed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus and as a government programs providing benefits to unemployed are set to expire.
2020-11-17
US Retail Sales Above Forecasts
Retail sales in the US jumped 1.9% month-over-month in September of 2020, following a 0.6% gain in August and beating forecasts of a 0.7% increase. It is the biggest rise in three months, with sales at clothing stores (11%); department stores (9.7%); sporting goods (5.7%); and auto dealers (4% ) recording the highest increases. Sales also went up at food services and drinking places (2.1% ); health and personal care stores (1.7%); gasoline stations (1.5%); miscellaneous store retailers (1.1%); building material and garden equipment (0.6%); nonstore retailers (0.5%); and furniture stores (0.5%). In contrast, sales fell at electronics and appliance stores (-1.6%). Retail sales excluding food services, car dealers, building-materials stores and gasoline stations, the so-called control group sales seen as a more reliable gauge of demand, increased 1.4%. Year-on-year, retail sales went up 5.4%, the strongest annual gain so far in 2020.
2020-10-16
US Retail Sales Below Forecasts
Retail sales in the US increased 0.6 percent month-over-month in August of 2020, following a downwardly revised 0.9 percent gain in July and compared to forecasts of a 1 percent increase as unemployment benefits were reduced and support for small businesses dried up. Sales rose the most for food services and drinking (4.7 percent), clothing (2.9 percent), furniture (2.1 percent), and building materials and garden equipment (2 percent). Sales at gasoline stations edged up 0.4 percent and those of autos 0.2 percent. Declines were seen in sales at department stores (-2.3 percent), grocery stores (-1.6 percent), sporting goods, hobby and music (-5.7 percent). Core retail sales, which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of GDP, fell 0.1 percent, after a 0.9 percent increase in July.
2020-09-16
US Retail Sales Rise Less than Forecast
US retail sales rose 1.2 percent from a month earlier in July 2020, easing from an upwardly revised 8.4 percent growth in June and missing market expectations of 1.9 percent advance. The latest reading suggested that a resurgence in COVID-19 infections and a reduction in unemployment benefit checks likely weighed on domestic demand. There were increases in sales at electronics & appliance stores (22.9 percent vs 37.6 percent in June), gasoline stations (6.2 percent vs 14.8 percent), miscellaneous store retailers (6.2 percent vs 21.7 percent), restaurants & bars (5.0 percent vs 26.7 percent), and health & personal care stores (3.6 percent vs 6.9 percent). At the same time, declines were seen in trade at motor vehicle & parts dealers (-1.2 percent vs 9.1 percent), building materials stores (-2.9 percent vs 0.8 percent) and sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, & book stores (-5.0 percent vs 27.6 percent).
2020-08-14

U.S. Retail Sales
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%).