Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Retail Sales increased 0.4% in January

by Bill McBride on 2/15/2017 08:39:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 0.4 percent from December to January (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 5.6 percent from January 2016.

From the Census Bureau report:

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for January 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $472.1 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent from the previous month, and 5.6 percent above January 2016. ... The November 2016 to December 2016 percent change was revised from up 0.6 percent to up 1.0 percent.
Retail Sales Click on graph for larger image.

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

Retail sales ex-gasoline were up 0.2% in January.

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

Year-over-year change in Retail Sales Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 4.7% on a YoY basis.

The increase in January was above expectations, and sales for December were revised up. A solid report.