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Sales at U.S. retailers dropped in February

ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES

U.S. Economy


U.S. retail sales after recent sales increases, as consumers cut on spending.
U.S. retail sales including food services decreased by -0.5 % in February on the seasonally adjusted basis to $528.1 billion, reported by the Commerce Department. Since consumer spending is the main source of domestic growth, flat or declining retail sales are generally a negative sign. Retail sales grew by 4.3 % over the past 12 months, as the sales excluding motor vehicle and parts increased on the higher rate than total sales over the past 12 months.


Advance Monthly Sales



Fuels & Transportation

Retail and food services sales excluding motor vehicle and parts fell sequentially by -0.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, building materials stores and online sales fell faster.

Auto sales often register sharp month-to-month swings and can mask underlying retail trends.
Excluding the volatile auto sector sales grew by 4.5 % over the past 12 months.


Sales of essentials in a potentially worrisome sign, fell at virtually all the establishments that tend to rely on discretionary income — extra money consumers have left over after paying bills and for necessities, sales dropped by -0.9 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, as gasoline station sales fell the most. Over the past 12 months, sales of essentials grew by 5.9 %.

  
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Retail Sales

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Retail Sales by Category

(In millions $)




ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES
( in millions $)
Feb. 2020

adv.
Jan. 2020

adv.
Dec. 2019

adv.
Nov. 2019

rest.
Oct. 2019

adv.
Retail & food services total
528,113 530,930 528,367 527,841 526,420
Total excl. motor vehicle & parts
422,110 423,915 422,060 419,828 420,038
Retail
462,301 464,818 462,598 462,883 461,047
GAFO
379,432 380,020 377,668 375,991 376,634
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
106,003 107,015 106,307 108,711 109,018
  Auto & other motor veh. dealers
98,074 98,940 98,201 108,013 106,382
Furniture & home furnishings stores
9,950 9,992 9,686 9,871 9,841
Electronics & appliance stores
8,049 8,161 8,096 8,082 8,106
   Appl. TV & camera
- - - - -
   Computer & software stores
- - - - -
Building mat. & garden eq. & supplies dealers
32,840 33,269 32,144 31,656 31,609
  Building mat. & supplies dealers
- 29,496 28,606 28,101 28,024
Food & beverage stores
65,427 65,415 65,802 65,434 65,176
  Grocery stores
58,501 58,571 58,887 58,524 58,300
  Beer, wine & liquor stores
- 5,107 5,049 5,022 4,988
Health & personal care stores
29,631 29,662 29,083 29,352 29,725
  Pharmacies & drug stores
- 24,425 24,006 24,110 24,534
Gasoline stations
42,678 43,895 44,392 43,837 43,404
Clothing & clothing accessories stores
22,411 22,679 22,994 22,287 22,406
   Men's clothing stores
- 754 744 749 756
   Women's clothing stores
- 3,307 3,312 3,312 3,309
   Shoe stores
- 3,225 3,259 3,144 3,145
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music
6,535 6,526 6,367 6,344 6,550
General merchandise stores
59,935 59,987 59,906 59,639 59,597
   Department stores ex. LD
10,934 10,953 10,951 11,019 11,105
   Other general merchandise stores
- 49,034 48,955 48,620 48,492
     Warehouse clubs & superstores
- 41,953 41,923 41,474 41,372
     All other gen. merchandise stores
- 7,081 7,032 7,146 7,120
Miscellaneous store retailers
12,216 12,051 11,532 11,733 11,598
Nonstore retailers
- 59,201 58,853 59,068 59,172
   Electronic shopping & mail-order houses
- 59,201 58,853 59,068 59,172
Food services & drinking places
65,812 66,112 65,769 64,958 65,373


ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES
( in % Y / Y)
Feb. 2020
adv.
Jan. 2020
adv.
Dec. 2019
adv.
Nov. 2019
rest.
Oct. 2019
adv.
Retail & food services total 4.34 % 4.72 % 4.96 % 3.05 % 2.89 %
Total excl. motor vehicle & parts 4.52 % 4.75 % 5.71 % 2.91 % 2.94 %
Retail 3.77 % 4.05 % 4.43 % 2.4 % 2.22 %
GAFO 4.76 % 4.34 % 5.43 % 3.15 % 3.87 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -2.5 % -2.09 % -2.37 % -2.08 % -1.54 %
   Auto & other motor veh. dealers -4.11 % -3.28 % -5.7 % 3.6 % 2.72 %
Furniture & home furnishings stores -0.57 % 1.29 % -2.01 % -2.75 % -2.56 %
Electronics & appliance stores 0.85 % 0.77 % 0.55 % -1.7 % -1.55 %
   Appl. TV & camera - % - % - % - % - %
   Computer & software stores - % - % - % - % - %
Building mat. & garden eq. & supplies dealers -0.39 % -3.49 % -3.24 % -3.64 % -5.19 %
   Building mat. & supplies dealers - % -0.92 % -1.57 % -1.96 % -2.81 %
Food & beverage stores 5.51 % 3.38 % 5.48 % 4.66 % 4.33 %
   Grocery stores 5.99 % 3.82 % 6.01 % 5.29 % 4.93 %
   Beer, wine & liquor stores - % 5.04 % 4.23 % 3.14 % 3.51 %
Health & personal care stores 0.49 % 1.06 % 1.65 % 0.1 % 2.68 %
   Pharmacies & drug stores - % 1.31 % 1.6 % -0.79 % 2.1 %
Gasoline stations 2.46 % 8.46 % 8.23 % 0.9 % -4.48 %
Clothing & clothing accessories stores 0.46 % -0.49 % 0.22 % -4.2 % -3.31 %
   Men's clothing stores - % - % - % - % - %
   Women's clothing stores - % -4.89 % -1.95 % -6.65 % -5.43 %
   Shoe stores - % 1.26 % 1.72 % -3.5 % -1.93 %
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music 3.85 % 3.9 % 6.79 % 0.54 % 2.36 %
General merchandise stores 0.33 % 0.12 % 0.39 % -1.51 % -1.14 %
   Department stores ex. LD -9.1 % -9.45 % -9.65 % -12.26 % -11.05 %
   Other general merchandise stores - % 2.54 % 2.95 % 1.3 % 1.44 %
     Warehouse clubs & superstores - % 3.13 % 3.57 % 2.06 % 1.82 %
     All other gen. merchandise stores - % -0.78 % -0.62 % -2.88 % -0.68 %
Miscellaneous store retailers 16 % 13.27 % 8.21 % 1.68 % 4.51 %
Nonstore retailers - % 12.69 % 18.49 % 12.1 % 15.5 %
   Electronic shopping & mail-order houses - % 12.69 % 18.49 % 12.1 % 15.5 %
Food services & drinking places 8.59 % 9.7 % 8.87 % 7.93 % 7.89 %




ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES
( in % M / M)
Feb. 2020
adv.
Jan. 2020
adv.
Dec. 2019
adv.
Nov. 2019
rest.
Oct. 2019
adv.
Retail & food services total -0.53 % 0.49 % 0.1 % 0.27 % 0.24 %
Total excl. motor vehicle & parts -0.43 % 0.44 % 0.53 % -0.05 % -0.01 %
Retail -0.54 % 0.48 % -0.06 % 0.4 % 0.31 %
GAFO -0.15 % 0.62 % 0.45 % -0.17 % -0.24 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -0.95 % 0.67 % -2.21 % -0.28 % -0.11 %
   Auto & other motor veh. dealers -0.88 % 0.75 % -9.08 % 1.53 % 1.25 %
Furniture & home furnishings stores -0.42 % 3.16 % -1.87 % 0.3 % -0.34 %
Electronics & appliance stores -1.37 % 0.8 % 0.17 % -0.3 % -0.42 %
   Appl. TV & camera - % - % - % - % - %
   Computer & software stores
Building mat. & garden eq. & supplies dealers -1.29 % 3.5 % 1.54 % 0.15 % 0.11 %
   Building mat. & supplies dealers - % 3.11 % 1.8 % 0.27 % 0.03 %
Food & beverage stores 0.02 % -0.59 % 0.56 % 0.4 % -0.12 %
   Grocery stores -0.12 % -0.54 % 0.62 % 0.38 % -0.18 %
   Beer, wine & liquor stores - % 1.15 % 0.54 % 0.68 % -0.22 %
Health & personal care stores -0.1 % 1.99 % -0.92 % -1.25 % -0.35 %
   Pharmacies & drug stores - % 1.75 % -0.43 % -1.73 % -0.59 %
Gasoline stations -2.77 % -1.12 % 1.27 % 1 % 2.05 %
Clothing & clothing accessories stores -1.18 % -1.37 % 3.17 % -0.53 % -0.31 %
   Men's clothing stores - % - % - % - % - %
   Women's clothing stores - % -0.15 % 0 % 0.09 % -2.82 %
   Shoe stores - % -1.04 % 3.66 % -0.03 % -0.66 %
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music 0.14 % 2.5 % 0.36 % -3.15 % 0.89 %
General merchandise stores -0.09 % 0.14 % 0.45 % 0.07 % -0.04 %
   Department stores ex. LD -0.17 % 0.02 % -0.62 % -0.77 % -0.19 %
   Other general merchandise stores - % 0.16 % 0.69 % 0.26 % 0 %
     Warehouse clubs & superstores - % 0.07 % 1.08 % 0.25 % -0.02 %
     All other gen. merchandise stores - % 0.7 % -1.6 % 0.37 % 0.1 %
Miscellaneous store retailers 1.37 % 4.5 % -1.71 % 1.16 % 1.01 %
Nonstore retailers - % 0.59 % -0.36 % -0.18 % -1.08 %
   Electronic shopping & mail-order houses - % 0.59 % -0.36 % -0.18 % -1.08 %
Food services & drinking places -0.45 % 0.52 % 1.25 % -0.63 % -0.22 %




Source: Department of Commerce
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