Retail sales in the US unexpectedly increased 0.7 % mom in September of 2021, following an upwardly revised 0.9% surge in August, beating market forecasts of a 0.2% fall, in another sign of resilience from consumers despite supply constraints which affect vehicles and computers among other goods. Biggest increases were seen in sales at sporting goods, hobby, musical and book stores (3.7%); general merchandise stores (2%); gasoline stations (1.8%); miscellaneous retailers (1.8%); and clothing (1.1%). Sales also increased at motor vehicles and parts (0.5%) and food and beverages stores (0.7%). On the other hand, falls were seen in sales at health and personal care (-1.4%) and electronics and appliances (-0.9%). Excluding autos, sales were up 0.8%. 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 October of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 0.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the U.S. Retail Sales is projected to trend around 1.00 percent in 2022 and 0.40 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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U.S. Retail Sales


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-09-16 12:30 PM Aug 0.7% -1.8% -0.8% -0.7%
2021-10-15 12:30 PM Sep 0.7% 0.9% -0.2% -0.1%
2021-11-16 01:30 PM Oct 0.7% 0.2%


News Stream
US Retail Sales Post a Surprise Rise
Retail sales in the US unexpectedly increased 0.7 % mom in September of 2021, following an upwardly revised 0.9% surge in August, beating market forecasts of a 0.2% fall, in another sign of resilience from consumers despite supply constraints which affect vehicles and computers among other goods. Biggest increases were seen in sales at sporting goods, hobby, musical and book stores (3.7%); general merchandise stores (2%); gasoline stations (1.8%); miscellaneous retailers (1.8%); and clothing (1.1%). Sales also increased at motor vehicles and parts (0.5%) and food and beverages stores (0.7%). On the other hand, falls were seen in sales at health and personal care (-1.4%) and electronics and appliances (-0.9%). Excluding autos, sales were up 0.8%.
2021-10-15
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Rise in August
Retail sales in the US unexpectedly rose 0.7% mom in August of 2021, following an upwardly revised 1.8% fall in July, and beating market forecasts of a 0.8% drop. Sales rose the most for nonstore retailers (5.3%), furniture (3.7%), general merchandise stores (3.5%) and food and beverages stores (1.8%). Sales also went up for miscellaneous stores (1.4%), building material & garden equipment (0.9%), gasoline stations (0.2%) and health (0.2%). Such increases were able to offset a flat reading for food services and drinking places as the coronavirus delta variant spreads and a 3.6% drop in auto sales due to product shortages. Other decreases were also seen for electronics stores (-3.1%) and sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and books (-2.7%). Excluding autos, retail sales jumped 1.8%.
2021-09-16
US Retail Sales Fall More than Forecast
US retail trade fell 1.1 percent from a month earlier in July 2021, following a revised 0.7 percent growth in June and compared with market consensus of a 0.3 percent drop, led by a decline in auto purchases and as a resurgence in COVID-19 cases hit consumer demand. The latest data also reflected the recent shift of spending from goods to services following the reopening of the economy. Receipts were down at motor vehicle & parts dealers (-3.9 percent vs -2.2 percent in June), building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (-1.2 percent vs -1.4 percent), food & beverage stores (-0.7 percent vs 0.8 percent), furniture stores (-0.6 percent vs -2.2 percent), clothing stores (-2.6 percent vs 3.7 percent), and sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, & book stores (-1.9 percent vs -1.8 percent). In addition, on-line trade fell 3.1 percent (vs 0.2 percent in June), payback after Amazon pulled forward its Prime Day to June from July.
2021-08-17

United States Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Retail Sales MoM 0.70 percent Sep/21 0.90 18.20 -14.70
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.80 percent Sep/21 2.00 12.20 -15.10
Retail Sales YoY 13.90 percent Sep/21 15.40 53.40 -20.00
Chain Store Sales 3200.00 USD Million Aug/21 3034.00 15875.00 11.00


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%).