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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Retail Sales unchanged in July

by Calculated Risk on 8/13/2014 08:40:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales were unchanged from June to July (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 3.7% from July 2013. Sales in June were unrevised at a 0.2%. From the Census Bureau report:

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. 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, virtually unchanged from the previous month, and 3.7 percent above July 2013. ... The May to June 2014 percent change was unrevised from +0.2 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-autos were up 0.1%. 

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 sales ex-gasoline increased by 4.4% on a YoY basis (3.7% for all retail sales).

The increase in July was below consensus expectations of a 0.2% increase.