Monday, October 15, 2012

Retail Sales increased 1.1% in September

by Bill McBride on 10/15/2012 08:30:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales were up 1.1% from August to September (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 5.4% from September 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 September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $412.9 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous month and 5.4 percent above September 2011.. ... The July to August 2012 percent change was revised from 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent.
Retail Sales Click on graph for larger image.

Sales for August were revised up to a 1.2% increase (from 0.9% 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 24.6% from the bottom, and now 9.0% above the pre-recession peak (not inflation adjusted)

Retail Sales since 2006The second graph shows the same data, but just since 2006 (to show the recent changes). This shows that retail sales ex-gasoline are increasing, but that gasoline prices have boosted retails sales over the last two months.

Excluding gasoline, retail sales are up 20.9% from the bottom, and now 8.6% 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 5.3% on a YoY basis (5.4% for all retail sales). Retail sales ex-autos increased 1.1% in September.

Year-over-year change in Retail SalesThis was above the consensus forecast for retail sales of a 0.7% increase in September, and above the consensus for a 0.5% increase ex-auto.