Retail Sales

By Jeff Berman · February 14, 2018
Commerce reported that its advanced estimate of U.S. retail and food service sales for January were down 0.3% compared to December at $492 billion but were up 3.6% on an annual basis. NRF data pointed to a 0.26% decline in retail sales from December to January, with annual sales up 5.4%. NRF’s data does not include automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants.
By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2017
Commerce reported that September retail sales at $483.9 billion were up 1.6% over August and 4.4% annually, and NRF said that September retail sales were 0.5% ahead of August on a seasonally-adjusted basis and up 3.2% annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Jeff Berman · October 3, 2017
These sales, as defined by the NRF, are sales in the months of November and December and exclude autos, gas, and restaurant sales. For 2017, NRF is calling for holiday retail sales to be up 3.6%-4% annually, coming in at an estimated total between $678.75 billion to $682 billion, which is ahead of last year’s $655.8 billion, even at the lower end of the 2017 estimate.
By Jeff Berman · March 15, 2017
Commerce reported that February retail sales were up 0.6 percent compared to January, and the NRF reported that February retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, saw a 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted increase compared to January.
By Jeff Berman · February 15, 2017
Commerce reported that January retail sales were up 0.2 percent compared to December and saw a 5.6 percent annual gain at $472.1 billion. The NRF reported that retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, headed up 3.8 percent annually in January and were up 0.4 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a very strong December.
By Jeff Berman · February 8, 2017
The NRF is calling for 2017 retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline stations, and restaurants, to see an annual gain between 3.7 and 4.2 percent, with online and other non-store/online sales (which NRF includes in its over all number) to head up between 8 and 12 percent.
By Jeff Berman · January 13, 2017
It appears that holiday shoppers did their best to support the economy over the home stretch of 2016 as retail sales for the month of December showed gains, according to data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
By Jeff Berman · November 15, 2016
Commerce reported that October retail sales saw a 0.8 percent increase over September at $465.9 billion and a 4.3 percent annual gain, and the NRF Reported that retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.9 percent from September to October, following a 0.2 increase from August to September and were up 2.2 percent annually.
By Jeff Berman · October 5, 2016
Holiday sales, as defined by the NRF, are sales in the months of November and December and exclude autos, gas, and restaurant sales. And for 2016 the NRF is calling for holiday retail sales to head up 3.6 percent annually to $655.8 million.
By LM Staff · September 16, 2016
Commerce reported that August retail sales dropped 0.3 percent compared to July at $456.3 billion and were up 1.9 percent annually. The NRF reported that retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were down 0.3 percent from July to August, with August up 4.1 percent compared to August 2015.
By Jeff Berman · August 15, 2016
Retail sales numbers for the month of July issued late last week by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) were largely in line with those for the month of June.
By Jeff Berman · July 15, 2016
Commerce reported that June retail sales at $457.0 billion were up 0.6 percent compared to May and up 2.7 percent annually, and the NRF reported that retail sales saw a 5.1 percent annual gain in June, up from May’s 3.2 percent improvement.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2016
While school has not been out of session for all that long, it is not too early to start thinking about later this summers and early fall, when things start back up. That was the main message, especially from an import perspective, in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · June 14, 2016
Commerce reported that May retail sales at $455.6 billion rose 0.5 percent over April, and the NRF said retail sales saw a 3.2 percent annual increase in May.
By Jeff Berman · May 13, 2016
Coming off of a very sluggish first quarter, retail sales in the month of April showed somewhat of a bounce back in tandem with signs of spring, according to data issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation.

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