Retail Sales Rise 0.6% In August

Retail and food services sales for August, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $444.4 billion.

Retail Sales Total

This is up 0.6% from July’s sales, and follows six consecutive months of increases. Retail sales are up 5.0% from August 2013.

Retail Sales Change

Sales increased the most in August for miscellaneous retailers, rising 2.5%. Gas and general merchandise were the only two categories to see decline, and only gas has declined from a year ago.

Retail Sales

Retail Sales Little Changed In July

Advance estimates of retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $439.8 billion.

Retail Sales

This is essentially unchanged from June’s sales, and follows five consecutive months of increases. Retail sales are up 3.7% from July 2013.

Retail Sales Change

Sales increased the most in July for the miscellaneous retailers category, rising 0.9%. The general merchandise category declined the most, falling by 0.5%.

Retail Sales July