U.S. Retail Sales  1992-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Retail sales in the US edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in August of 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent rise in July and well below market expectations of a 0.4 percent increase. It is the smallest gain in retail sales in six months, mainly due to falls in purchases of motor vehicles, clothing and furniture. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 6.70 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.90 percent in November of 2008.

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US Retail Sales Rise the Least in 6 Months


Retail sales in the US edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in August of 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent rise in July and well below market expectations of a 0.4 percent increase. It is the smallest gain in retail sales in six months, mainly due to falls in purchases of motor vehicles, clothing and furniture.

8 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month increases; 3 fell and 2 were flat.

Sales fell at furniture and home furniture stores (-0.3 percent compared to 0 percent in July); motor vehicles and part dealers (-0.8 percent compared to -0.1 percent); and clothing and accessories stores (-1.7 percent compared to 2.2 percent). Also, sales were flat for building material and garden equipment (0.1 percent in July) and food and beverage stores (0.8 percent). On the other hand, biggest increases were seen in sales at miscellaneous stores (2.3 percent compared to -2.3 percent); gasoline stations (1.7 percent comapred to 0.8 percent); nonstore retailers (0.7 percent compared to 1.5 percent); health and personal care stores (0.5 percent compared to 0.3 percent); electronics and appliance stores (0.4 percent compared to -0.4 percent); sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores (0.2 percent compared to -1.6 percent); food services and drinking places (0.2 percent compared to 1.6 percent); and general merchandise stores (0.1 percent compared to 1 percent). 


Excluding autos, sales rose 0.3 percent (0.9 percent in July) and excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, core retail sales went up 0.1 percent in August after an upwardly revised 0.8 percent rise in July.

Year-on-year, retail trade rose 6.6 percent in August, compared with an upwardly revised 6.7 percent increase in July.



US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/14/2018 1:12:29 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-16 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.5% 1.3% 0.5% 0.3%
2018-08-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.5% 0.2% 0.1% 0.3%
2018-09-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.1% 0.7% 0.4% 0.4%
2018-10-15 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.1% 0.3%
2018-11-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.34%
2018-12-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.33%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 100.80 96.20 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.10 0.70 6.70 -3.90 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 6.60 6.70 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.30 0.90 2.60 -4.00 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 12841.20 12722.84 12841.20 1403.69 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 15566.48 15520.43 15566.48 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.40 2.80 -2.10 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.40 4.60 -4.70 percent [+]
Personal Savings 6.70 6.80 17.30 2.20 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 16.60 8.50 118.10 -113.40 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9383.23 9380.95 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 5.00 5.00 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 55.70 58.00 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 5.40 6.30 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 3782.00 3961.00 15875.00 3055.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.75 0.75 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.70 78.50 98.00 23.80 percent of GDP [+]
Consumer Confidence Current Conditions 113.20 112.50 121.10 57.50 [+]
Consumer Confidence Economic Expectations 80.20 83.90 108.60 44.20 [+]
Consumer Confidence Price Trends 2.70 2.60 10.40 0.40 [+]


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%). 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 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.10 0.70 6.70 -3.90 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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