US retail trade rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in June 2021, following a revised 1.7 percent decline in May and easily beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent decline, as demand for goods remained strong despite the recent shift towards spending to services. Sales rose at electronics & appliance stores, gasoline stations, clothing & clothing accessories stores, general merchandise stores, miscellaneous store retailers, and restaurants and bars. Sales of motor vehicles, however, dropped 2.0 percent, as a global semiconductor supply squeeze hit production. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales increased 1.1 percent last month after a 1.4 percent decrease in May. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.39 percent from 1992 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 18.20 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 July of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 0.40 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 2.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the U.S. Retail Sales is projected to trend around 2.40 percent in 2022 and 0.40 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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U.S. Retail Sales

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 -1.70 18.20 -14.70 1992 - 2021 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-15 12:30 PM Mar 9.8% -2.7% 5.9% 4.5%
2021-05-14 12:30 PM Apr 0.0% 10.7% 1% 0.3%
2021-06-15 12:30 PM May -1.3% 0.9% -0.8% -0.3%
2021-07-16 12:30 PM Jun 0.6% -1.7% -0.4% -0.5%
2021-08-17 12:30 PM Jul 0.6%
2021-09-16 12:30 PM Aug
2021-10-15 12:30 PM Sep
2021-11-16 01:30 PM Oct


News Stream
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Rise in June
US retail trade rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in June 2021, following a revised 1.7 percent decline in May and easily beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent decline, as demand for goods remained strong despite the recent shift towards spending to services. Sales rose at electronics & appliance stores, gasoline stations, clothing & clothing accessories stores, general merchandise stores, miscellaneous store retailers, and restaurants and bars. Sales of motor vehicles, however, dropped 2.0 percent, as a global semiconductor supply squeeze hit production. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales increased 1.1 percent last month after a 1.4 percent decrease in May.
2021-07-16
US Retail Sales Fall More than Expected
Retail sales in the US shrank 1.3% month-over-month in May of 2021, reversing from a 0.9% rise in April and much worse than market forecast of a 0.8% drop as Americans shifted spending to services as the economy reopens and travel picks up and as fiscal support faded after a cash injection in March. It is the first decline in 3 months, with sales at building materials and garden equipment (-5.9%), autos (-3.9%), and electronics stores (-3.4%) recording the biggest decreases. Other declines were also seen at miscellaneous store retailers (-5%), general merchandise stores (-3.3%), furniture (-2.1%) and sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, & book stores (-0.8%). In contrast, increases were seen at clothing (3%), health and personal care stores (1.8%), food services and drinking places (1.8%), food and beverages stores (1%) and gasoline stations (0.7%).
2021-06-15
US Retail Sales Disappoint
Retail sales in the US unexpectedly stalled in April of 2021, disappointing markets that expected a 1% increase. It follows an upwardly revised 10.7% surge in March when the first round of stimulus checks was sent to most households. Falls in sales at clothing stores (-5.1%), general merchandise stores (-4.9%), sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments and books (-3.6%), gasoline stations (-1.1%) and nonstore retailers (-0.6%), offset rises at motor vehicles and part dealers (2.9%), food services and drinking places (3%) and electronics (1.2%). The so-called core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services and which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of GDP, dropped 1.5%. Still, retail sales are likely to rebound in coming months amid record saving and as the economy continues to recover and state and local governments further ease restrictions on businesses.
2021-05-14
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected
Retail sales in the US jumped 9.8% mom in March of 2021, following a downwardly revised 2.7% fall in the previous month and easily beating market forecasts of a 5.9% gain. It is the biggest increase since May of 2020, as more businesses reopened, the $1,400 checks were sent starting in mid-March and the weather improved after unusually cold temperatures and winter storms in Texas and some other parts of the South region in February. Double-digit increases were seen for sporting goods (23.5%), clothing (18.3%), motor vehicles (15.1%), food services and drinking places (13.4%), building materials (12.1%), gasoline stations (10.9%), electronics and appliances (10.5%). Gains were also recorded for miscellaneous store retailers (9%), general merchandise stores (9%), nonstore retailers (6%), furniture (5.9%), health and personal care (5.7%) and food and beverages (0.7%).
2021-04-15

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%).