Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Retail Sales decline 0.2% in May

by Bill McBride on 6/13/2012 08:46:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales were down 0.2% from April to May (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 5.3% from May 2011. From the Census Bureau report:

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $404.6 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the previous month, but 5.3 percent above May 2011.
Ex-autos, retail sales declined 0.4% in May.

Retail Sales Click on graph for larger image.

Sales for April was revised down to a 0.2% decrease from a 0.1% increase.

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

Retail sales are up 22.1% from the bottom, and now 6.8% above the pre-recession peak (not inflation adjusted)

Retail Sales since 2006The second graph shows the same data since 2006 (to show the recent changes). Excluding gasoline, retail sales are up 18.9% from the bottom, and now 6.8% above the pre-recession peak (not inflation adjusted).

The third graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993.

Retail sales ex-gasoline increased by 5.9% on a YoY basis (5.3% for all retail sales). Retail sales ex-gasoline decreased 0.1% in May.

Year-over-year change in Retail SalesThis was at the consensus forecast for retail sales of a 0.2% decrease in May, and below the consensus for a 0.1% decrease ex-auto.



All current retail sales graphs