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Barbara Ruszel Economist
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January 12, 2018

Month-over-Month, Year-over-Year

The US Census Bureau announced today that the advance estimates of U.S retail and food service sales for December 2017 was a seasonally adjusted $495.4 billion, 0.4 per cent higher than November 2017 and 5.4 per cent higher than December 2016.

Retail trade sales increased 0.3 per cent from November 2017 and increased 5.6 per cent year over last year. Non-store retailers were up 1.2% over last month and up 12.7% from December 2016, while Building Materials and Garden Equipment  were up  1.2% over November 2017 and up 9.9% from last year.




In 2017, the United States unadjusted retail sales and food services increased 4.2% ($233.5 billion) over 2016 to $5.8 trillion. Retail trade increased 4.4% ($215.2) over 2016 to $4.1 trillion.

  • Other Retail Operations (including food services), 28% of total retail trade increased 5.1% or $79.6 billion.
  • Motor vehicle sector, 21% of total retail trade increased 4.0% or $45.9 billion.
  • Gasoline Stations, 8% of total retail trade increased 8.8% or $37.0 billion.
  • Building materials, 7% of total retail trade increased 8.0% or $27.9 billion.
  • Food and beverage sector, 12% of total retail trade increased 2.5% or $17.3 billion.
  • General merchandise stores, 12% of total retail trade increased 2.4% or $15.9 billion.
  • Misc. retail, 2% of total retail trade increased 3.4% or $4.3 billion.
  • Furniture stores, 2% of total retail trade increased 4.8% or $5.3 billion.
  • Clothing Stores, 5% of total retail trade increased 1.1% or $2.8 billion.
  • Electronics stores, 2% of total retail trade increased 0.5% or $0.5 billion.
  • Sports and hobby stores, 1% of total retail trade decreased 3.4% or $3.0 billion.





 Source: US Census BureauData Tables




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