US retail sales sank 1.9% mom in December, the biggest decline since February of 2021, and ending 4 straight months of strong growth amid rising omicron infections, a surge in inflation and as a large share of holiday shopping was pushed to earlier months on expectations of shipping delays. Figures compare with market forecasts of a flat reading. Biggest declines were seen in nonstore retailers (-8.7%), furniture stores (-5.5%), sporting goods (-4.3%), clothing (-3.1%), electronics (-2.9%) and general merchandise stores (-1.5%). A fall was also seen in sales at food services and drinking places (-0.8%), gasoline stations (-0.7%), food and beverages stores (-0.5%) and auto dealers (-0.4%). Year-on-year, retail sales increased 16.9% however, as historically high price increases continue to weigh. 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 January of 2022.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 0.60 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 2023 and 0.40 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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U.S. Retail Sales


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%).
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-1.90 0.20 18.20 -14.70 1992 - 2021 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-12-15 01:30 PM Nov 0.3% 1.8% 0.8% 1%
2022-01-14 01:30 PM Dec -1.9% 0.2% 0% 0.3%
2022-02-16 01:30 PM Jan -1.9% 0.2%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Retail Sales MoM -1.90 0.20 percent Dec/21
Retail Sales Ex Autos -2.30 0.10 percent Dec/21
Retail Sales YoY 16.90 18.20 percent Dec/21
Retail Sales Ex Gas and Autos MoM -2.50 -0.10 percent Dec/21
Chain Store Sales 4222.00 3211.00 USD Million Nov/21


News Stream
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall 1.9%
US retail sales sank 1.9% mom in December, the biggest decline since February of 2021, and ending 4 straight months of strong growth amid rising omicron infections, a surge in inflation and as a large share of holiday shopping was pushed to earlier months on expectations of shipping delays. Figures compare with market forecasts of a flat reading. Biggest declines were seen in nonstore retailers (-8.7%), furniture stores (-5.5%), sporting goods (-4.3%), clothing (-3.1%), electronics (-2.9%) and general merchandise stores (-1.5%). A fall was also seen in sales at food services and drinking places (-0.8%), gasoline stations (-0.7%), food and beverages stores (-0.5%) and auto dealers (-0.4%). Year-on-year, retail sales increased 16.9% however, as historically high price increases continue to weigh.
2022-01-14
US Retail Sales Rise Less than Forecast
US retail trade rose 0.3 percent from a month earlier in November 2021 after surging 1.8 percent in October and well below market expectations of 0.8 percent, adding to signs of slowing domestic demand amid the fastest inflation in decades. The so-called core retail sales, which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of GDP, edged down 0.1 percent in November. Receipts were up at building material and garden equipment dealers, food and beverage stores, gasoline stations, clothing stores, sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments and book stores, and restaurants and bars.
2021-12-15
US Retail Sales Rise the Most in 7 Months
US retail sales surged 1.7% mom in October of 2021, above an upwardly revised 0.8% rise in the previous month and beating market forecasts of 1.4%. It is the strongest gain since March, as consumers spend more on early holiday shopping and gasoline. Sales at nonstore retailers recorded the biggest increase (4%), followed by sales at gasoline stations (3.9%); electronics and appliance stores (3.8%); miscellaneous store retailers (2.8%); building materials and garden equipment (2.8%); motor vehicles dealers (1.8%); sporting goods, hobby, musical and book stores (1.5%); food and beverages (0.9%); general merchandise stores (0.8%); and furniture stores (0.4%). On the other hand, sales were flat for food services and drinking places and declined 0.7% in clothing stores and 0.6% for health and personal care. Excluding autos, sales were up 1.7% and excluding gasoline rose 1.5%.
2021-11-16