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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Retail Sales increased 5.3% in January

by Calculated Risk on 2/17/2021 08:37:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 5.3 percent from December to January (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 7.4 percent from January 2020.

From the Census Bureau report:

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for January 2021, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $568.2 billion, an increase of 5.3 percent from the previous month, and 7.4 percent above January 2020.
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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 5.4% 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 8.6% on a YoY basis.

The increase in January was well above expectations, however sales in November and December were revised down, combined.