Friday, October 15, 2010

Retail Sales increase in September

by Bill McBride on 10/15/2010 09:15:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 0.6% from August to September (seasonally adjusted, after revisions - August sales were revised up), and sales were up 7.3% from September 2009. This is an easy YoY comparison because of the slump in auto sales last September following Cash-for-Clunkers.

Retail sales increased 0.4% ex-autos - about at expectations.

Retail Sales Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).

Retail sales are up 9.6% from the bottom, but still off 3.2% from the pre-recession peak.

Retail sales had moved mostly moved sideways for six months, but this is now the high for the year.

Year-over-year change in Retail SalesThe second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales (ex-gasoline) since 1993.

Retail sales ex-gasoline increased by 7.0% on a YoY basis (7.3% for all retail sales).

Here is the Census Bureau report:

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $367.7 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month, and 7.3 percent (±0.7%) above September 2009. ... The July to August 2010 percent change was revised from +0.4 percent (±0.5%)* to +0.7 percent (±0.3%).