Retail sales in the US went up 0.3% in August from July, following a revised 0.4% fall in the previous month and beating forecasts of a flat reading. Falling gasoline prices allowed consumers to buy other items, with spending rising for motor vehicles (2.8%); miscellaneous stores (1.6%); food services and drinking places (1.1%); building materials and garden equipment (1.1%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments and books (0.5%); general merchandise stores (0.5%); food and beverages (0.5%); and clothes (0.4%). On the other hand, sales at gasoline stations were down 4.2%, and decreases were also seen in sales at furniture stores (-1.3%); nonstore retailers (-0.7%); health (-0.6%); and electronics (-0.1%). Excluding gasoline stations, sales rose 0.8%. Core retail sales which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, were unchanged. Retail sales aren’t adjusted for inflation. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.41 percent from 1992 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 18.70 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -15.20 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 September of 2022.

Retail Sales MoM in the United States is expected to be 0.50 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



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-08-17 12:30 PM Jul 0% 0.8% 0.1% 0.2%
2022-09-15 12:30 PM Aug 0.3% -0.4% 0% 0.1%
2022-10-14 12:30 PM Sep 0.3%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Retail Sales MoM 0.30 -0.40 percent Aug 2022
Retail Sales Ex Autos -0.30 0.00 percent Aug 2022
Retail Sales YoY 9.15 10.06 percent Aug 2022
Retail Sales Ex Gas and Autos MoM 0.30 0.30 percent Aug 2022
Chain Store Sales 2570.00 2815.00 USD Million Jun 2022

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
0.30 -0.40 18.70 -15.20 1992 - 2022 percent Monthly
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US Retail Sales Top Forecasts
Retail sales in the US went up 0.3% in August from July, following a revised 0.4% fall in the previous month and beating forecasts of a flat reading. Falling gasoline prices allowed consumers to buy other items, with spending rising for motor vehicles (2.8%); miscellaneous stores (1.6%); food services and drinking places (1.1%); building materials and garden equipment (1.1%); sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments and books (0.5%); general merchandise stores (0.5%); food and beverages (0.5%); and clothes (0.4%). On the other hand, sales at gasoline stations were down 4.2%, and decreases were also seen in sales at furniture stores (-1.3%); nonstore retailers (-0.7%); health (-0.6%); and electronics (-0.1%). Excluding gasoline stations, sales rose 0.8%. Core retail sales which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, were unchanged. Retail sales aren’t adjusted for inflation.
2022-09-15
US Retail Sales Disappoint
Retail sales in the US unexpectedly stalled in July of 2022, disappointing markets that expected a 0.1% increase as sales fell at gasoline stations and car dealers. Sales at gasoline stations tumbled 1.8% as the gasoline price index dropped 7.7%. Declines were also seen for motor vehicle & parts dealers (-1.6%), clothing & clothing accessories stores (-0.6%) and at department stores (-0.5%). On the other hand, sales at nonstore retailers jumped 2.7% boosted in large part by Amazon’s Prime Day event on July 12 and 13. Increases were also recorded for building material & garden eq. & supplies dealers (1.5%), miscellaneous store retailers (1.5%), electronics & appliance stores (0.4%), health & personal care stores (0.4%) and at grocery stores (0.2%) as food prices jumped 1.1%. Excluding gasoline stations, sales rose 0.2% (vs 0.6% in June). Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, the so-called core retail sales rose 0.8% (vs 0.7%).
2022-08-17
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected
Retail sales in the US jumped 1% mom in June of 2022, beating forecasts of a 0.8% gain, and recovering from a downwardly revised 0.1% drop in May. Figures showed consumer spending remains robust but also reflect a general increase in prices for goods and services. Retail sales aren’t adjusted for inflation. Sales at gasoline stations recorded the biggest increase (3.6%), followed by sales at nonstore retailers (2.2%); miscellaneous store retailers (1.4%); furniture stores (1.4%); food services and drinking places (1%); motor vehicle and parts dealers (0.8%); and sporting goods, hobby, musical and book stores (0.8%). On the other hand, lower sales were recorded for building materials (-0.9%), clothing (-0.4%) and in general merchandise stores (-0.2%). Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, the so-called core retail sales rose 0.8% in June, after a 0.3% drop in May.
2022-07-15