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Retail sales accelerate in September

ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES

U.S. Economy


The rate of growth in retail and food services total sales accelerated due to increase in furniture and home furnishings stores sales by 1.1 %.
The Commerce Department announced U.S. retail sales increased a slim 0.1 % in September on the seasonally adjusted basis. Improving rate in retail sales growth is a good news, as the retail sales account for about half of total consumer spending and about a third of final sales in the U.S. economy. Retail sales grew by 4.9 % 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.


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Retail and food services sales excluding motor vehicle and parts declined sequentially, although total retail and food services sales increased, by -0.1 % to $406.1 billion on the seasonally adjusted basis.

Auto sales often register sharp month-to-month swings and can mask underlying retail trends.
U.S. retail and food services sales excluding motor vehicle and parts rose by 5.7 % in 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 sunk by -0.8 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, food services and drinking places sales fell below averge, although sales in food and beverage stores, grew. Over the past 12 months, sales of essentials grew by 6.4 % to $43.6 billion.

  
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Retail Sales

In September, sales improved 0.5% at clothing and accessories stores, building materials dealers grew by 0.1%, electronics and appliance stores increased by 0.9%.

Meanwhile, sales declined -0.8% at department stores, health and personal care stores -0.3%, internet retailers fell by -100%.



Retail Sales by Category

(In millions $)




ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES
( in millions $)
Sep. 2018

adv.
Aug. 2018

adv.
July 2018

adv.
June 2018

adv.
May 2018

adv.
April 2018

rest.
Retail & food services total
509,041 508,514 508,585 504,948 504,340 497,852
Total excl. motor vehicle & parts
406,104 406,364 406,027 402,058 401,333 395,757
Retail
448,466 446,798 446,797 444,154 444,614 439,712
GAFO
362,464 362,367 362,363 358,853 358,193 353,652
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
- 110,543 111,181 109,683 110,503 109,324
  Auto & other motor veh. dealers
102,937 102,150 102,558 102,890 103,007 102,095
Furniture & home furnishings stores
10,276 10,167 10,200 10,191 10,208 10,350
Electronics & appliance stores
8,460 8,385 8,299 8,290 8,273 8,243
   Appl. TV & camera
- - - - - -
   Computer & software stores
- - - - - -
Building mat. & garden eq. & supplies dealers
32,891 32,853 32,534 32,540 32,631 31,769
  Building mat. & supplies dealers
- 28,754 28,601 28,598 28,684 28,097
Food & beverage stores
62,159 62,033 62,303 61,897 61,932 61,813
  Grocery stores
55,240 55,275 55,481 55,118 55,142 55,051
  Beer, wine & liquor stores
- 4,762 4,808 4,778 4,803 4,755
Health & personal care stores
29,264 29,339 29,292 29,335 28,945 28,370
  Pharmacies & drug stores
- 24,567 24,285 24,345 23,853 23,507
Gasoline stations
43,640 43,997 43,664 43,205 43,140 42,105
Clothing & clothing accessories stores
22,913 22,795 23,589 22,954 23,341 22,606
   Men's clothing stores
- 820 821 807 814 833
   Women's clothing stores
- 3,469 3,446 3,406 3,492 3,410
   Shoe stores
- 2,931 3,180 3,109 3,081 2,985
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music
6,659 6,611 6,625 6,738 6,891 6,981
General merchandise stores
60,294 60,129 59,990 59,096 59,416 58,797
   Department stores ex. LD
12,360 12,454 12,581 12,418 12,677 12,522
   Other general merchandise stores
- 47,675 47,409 46,678 46,739 46,275
     Warehouse clubs & superstores
- 40,645 40,498 39,787 39,767 39,428
     All other gen. merchandise stores
- 7,030 6,911 6,891 6,972 6,847
Miscellaneous store retailers
10,910 10,903 10,632 10,884 10,973 10,821
Nonstore retailers
- 50,750 50,275 49,580 49,108 48,971
   Electronic shopping & mail-order houses
- 50,750 50,275 49,580 49,108 48,971
Food services & drinking places
60,575 61,716 61,788 60,794 59,726 58,140


ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES
( in % Y / Y)
Sep. 2018
adv.
Aug. 2018
adv.
July 2018
adv.
June 2018
adv.
May 2018
adv.
April 2018
rest.
Retail & food services total 4.87 % 6.72 % 6.88 % 6.42 % 6.34 % 4.81 %
Total excl. motor vehicle & parts 5.7 % 6.98 % 7.58 % 6.92 % 6.61 % 4.67 %
Retail 4.6 % 6.41 % 6.53 % 6.25 % 6.39 % 4.98 %
GAFO 239.74 % 241.4 % 240.98 % 237.99 % 238.66 % 233.09 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers - % 14.4 % 12.96 % 11.42 % 12.97 % 12.81 %
   Auto & other motor veh. dealers 9.94 % 14.42 % 12.75 % 12.97 % 14.01 % 14.2 %
Furniture & home furnishings stores 6.58 % 5.77 % 6.39 % 5.73 % 7.48 % 8.79 %
Electronics & appliance stores 5.51 % 7.2 % 3.85 % 2.74 % 1.09 % -0.97 %
   Appl. TV & camera - % - % - % - % - % - %
   Computer & software stores - % - % - % - % - % - %
Building mat. & garden eq. & supplies dealers 1.15 % 3.79 % 4.03 % 5.02 % 6.57 % 2.4 %
   Building mat. & supplies dealers - % 5.13 % 6.04 % 6.36 % 7.79 % 4.59 %
Food & beverage stores 2.99 % 3.54 % 4.83 % 4.36 % 3.77 % 3.66 %
   Grocery stores 2.54 % 3.49 % 4.69 % 4.2 % 3.62 % 3.47 %
   Beer, wine & liquor stores - % 5.38 % 6.56 % 6.32 % 6.07 % 5.27 %
Health & personal care stores 5.27 % 5.76 % 5.93 % 6.26 % 4.62 % 2.72 %
   Pharmacies & drug stores - % 7.75 % 7.13 % 6.86 % 4.35 % 3.43 %
Gasoline stations 10.86 % 18.14 % 22.22 % 20.06 % 18.07 % 11.26 %
Clothing & clothing accessories stores 5.49 % 5.25 % 8.05 % 5.65 % 8.29 % 4.71 %
   Men's clothing stores - % - % - % - % - % - %
   Women's clothing stores - % 7.83 % 3.11 % 2.25 % 6.82 % 2.4 %
   Shoe stores - % -2.59 % 7.36 % 4.43 % 4.12 % -0.57 %
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music -5.01 % -4.96 % -6.35 % -4.99 % -3.45 % -3.6 %
General merchandise stores 4.16 % 4.19 % 4.56 % 3.27 % 4.27 % 2.97 %
   Department stores ex. LD -2.21 % -1.53 % -0.7 % -1.06 % 0.68 % -0.82 %
   Other general merchandise stores - % 5.8 % 6.05 % 4.49 % 5.29 % 4.05 %
     Warehouse clubs & superstores - % 4.8 % 5.35 % 3.41 % 3.91 % 3.01 %
     All other gen. merchandise stores - % 11.96 % 10.36 % 11.2 % 13.9 % 10.47 %
Miscellaneous store retailers 0.06 % 1.13 % -1.09 % 2.88 % 1.42 % -0.98 %
Nonstore retailers - % -2.71 % -3.85 % -3.48 % -4.49 % -4.25 %
   Electronic shopping & mail-order houses - % 10.9 % 9.07 % 9.82 % 8.91 % 8.96 %
Food services & drinking places 6.89 % 9.05 % 9.49 % 7.67 % 6.01 % 3.56 %




ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES
( in % M / M)
Sep. 2018
adv.
Aug. 2018
adv.
July 2018
adv.
June 2018
adv.
May 2018
adv.
April 2018
rest.
Retail & food services total 0.1 % -0.01 % 0.72 % 0.12 % 1.3 % 0.36 %
Total excl. motor vehicle & parts -0.06 % 0.08 % 0.99 % 0.18 % 1.41 % 0.4 %
Retail 0.37 % 0 % 0.6 % -0.1 % 1.11 % 0.44 %
GAFO 0.03 % 0 % 0.98 % 0.18 % 1.28 % 0.34 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers - % -0.57 % 1.37 % -0.74 % 1.08 % 0.35 %
   Auto & other motor veh. dealers 0.77 % -0.4 % -0.32 % -0.11 % 0.89 % 0.18 %
Furniture & home furnishings stores 1.07 % -0.32 % 0.09 % -0.17 % -1.37 % 2.67 %
Electronics & appliance stores 0.89 % 1.04 % 0.11 % 0.21 % 0.36 % 0.6 %
   Appl. TV & camera - % - % - % - % - % - %
   Computer & software stores
Building mat. & garden eq. & supplies dealers 0.12 % 0.98 % -0.02 % -0.28 % 2.71 % -0.79 %
   Building mat. & supplies dealers - % 0.53 % 0.01 % -0.3 % 2.09 % 0.5 %
Food & beverage stores 0.2 % -0.43 % 0.66 % -0.06 % 0.19 % 0.47 %
   Grocery stores -0.06 % -0.37 % 0.66 % -0.04 % 0.17 % 0.63 %
   Beer, wine & liquor stores - % -0.96 % 0.63 % -0.52 % 1.01 % -0.46 %
Health & personal care stores -0.26 % 0.16 % -0.15 % 1.35 % 2.03 % 0.5 %
   Pharmacies & drug stores - % 1.16 % -0.25 % 2.06 % 1.47 % 0.47 %
Gasoline stations -0.81 % 0.76 % 1.06 % 0.15 % 2.46 % 0.95 %
Clothing & clothing accessories stores 0.52 % -3.37 % 2.77 % -1.66 % 3.25 % 1.18 %
   Men's clothing stores - % - % - % - % - % - %
   Women's clothing stores - % 0.67 % 1.17 % -2.46 % 2.4 % 2 %
   Shoe stores - % -7.83 % 2.28 % 0.91 % 3.22 % 1.22 %
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music 0.73 % -0.21 % -1.68 % -2.22 % -1.29 % -0.17 %
General merchandise stores 0.27 % 0.23 % 1.51 % -0.54 % 1.05 % -0.27 %
   Department stores ex. LD -0.75 % -1.01 % 1.31 % -2.04 % 1.24 % 0.7 %
   Other general merchandise stores - % 0.56 % 1.57 % -0.13 % 1 % -0.53 %
     Warehouse clubs & superstores - % 0.36 % 1.79 % 0.05 % 0.86 % -0.76 %
     All other gen. merchandise stores - % 1.72 % 0.29 % -1.16 % 1.83 % 0.78 %
Miscellaneous store retailers 0.06 % 2.55 % -2.32 % -0.81 % 1.4 % -0.27 %
Nonstore retailers - % 0.94 % 1.4 % 0.96 % 0.28 % 0.94 %
   Electronic shopping & mail-order houses - % 0.94 % 1.4 % 0.96 % 0.28 % 0.94 %
Food services & drinking places -1.85 % -0.12 % 1.64 % 1.79 % 2.73 % -0.3 %




Source: Department of Commerce
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