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US retail trade increased 0.4 percent month-over-month in December 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.9 percent rise in November and matching market expectations. Retail Sales MoM in the United States averaged 0.36 percent from 1992 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 6.70 percent in October of 2001 and a record low of -3.70 percent in October of 2008.

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US Retail Sales Rise 0.4% in December


US retail trade increased 0.4 percent month-over-month in December 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.9 percent rise in November and matching market expectations.

8 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month increases.

The December gain was mainly supported by higher sales at: gardening and building material stores (1.2 percent vs 0.5 percent in November); motor vehicle & parts dealers (0.2 percent vs -1 percent); furniture & home furniture stores (0.6 percent vs 0.5 percent); food & beverage stores (0.5 percent vs 0.4 percent); health & personal care stores (0.4 percent, the same pace as in November); general merchandise stores (0.1 percent vs 0.3 percent); nonstore retailers (1.2 percent vs 4.2 percent); and food services & drinking places (0.7 percent vs 0.5 percent).

Meanwhile, sales at service stations were unchanged last month, after a 3 percent jump in November. Additional downward pressure came from lower sales at: electronics & appliance stores (-0.2 percent vs 2.4 percent); clothing & clothing accessories stores (-0.3 percent vs 0.6 percent); sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (-1.6 percent vs 0.2 percent); and miscellaneous store retailers (-2.9 percent vs 3.8 percent).

Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales increased 0.3 percent last month after an upwardly revised 1.4 percent surge in November.

Year-on, year, retail trade grew 5.4 percent, easing from a 6 percent increase in the previous month.

Considering 2017 as a whole, sales advanced 4.2 percent compared to 3.2 percent in 2016.


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira |
1/12/2018 1:56:26 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-11-15 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.2% 1.9% 0.0% 0.1%
2017-12-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.8% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3%
2018-01-12 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.4% 0.9% 0.4% 0.3%
2018-02-14 01:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.4% 0.53%
2018-03-14 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.40%
2018-04-16 12:30 PM Retail Sales MoM 0.41%


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 94.40 95.90 111.40 51.70 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.40 0.90 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.40 6.00 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.40 1.30 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11916.58 11852.96 11916.58 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14566.50 14513.30 14566.50 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.60 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.30 0.40 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 2.90 3.20 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 28.00 20.50 118.60 -114.30 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9098.96 9463.65 9463.65 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.40 4.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 55.10 51.90 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.60 3.40 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 6028.00 4131.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.65 0.67 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 78.20 78.70 95.50 23.40 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 January of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 0.90 6.70 -3.70 1992 - 2017 percent Monthly
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