Monday, April 01, 2019

Retail Sales decreased 0.2% in February

by Calculated Risk on 4/01/2019 08:47:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales decreased 0.2 percent from January to February (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 2.2 percent from February 2018.

From the Census Bureau report:

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for February 2019, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $506.0 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the previous month, but 2.2 percent above February 2018. … The December 2018 to January 2019 percent change was revised from up 0.2 percent to up 0.7 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 down 0.2% in February.

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 3.2% on a YoY basis.

The increase in February was below expectations, however sales in January were revised up significantly.