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HomeNewsEconomyRetail Sales Take a Hit in December, Still 2.3% Above 2017, 5% Higher for 12-Month

Retail Sales Take a Hit in December, Still 2.3% Above 2017, 5% Higher for 12-Month

Group of friends sitting outdoors with shopping bags; several people holding smartphones and tablets. (Photo: AdobeStock/ OneInchPunch/PPD)
Group of friends sitting outdoors with shopping bags; several people holding smartphones and tablets. (Photo: AdobeStock/ OneInchPunch/PPD)
Group of friends sitting outdoors with shopping bags; several people holding smartphones and tablets. (Photo: AdobeStock/ OneInchPunch/PPD)

U.S. retail sales fell 1.2% in December for the biggest monthly decline of the expansion since September 2009, missing the 0.1% consensus. Adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, they came in at $505.8 billion.

Forecasts ranged from -0.1% to 0.4%.

The December number is still 2.3% (±0.5%) higher than December 2017, as retail sales have rebounded sharply over the last two years.

Total retail sales for the 12 months of 2018 were up 5.0% (±1.4%) from 2017. For October 2018 through December 2018, total retail sales were up 3.7% (±0.5%) from the same period a year prior.

The October 2018 to November 2018 percent change was revised from up 0.2% (±0.5%) to up 0.1% (±0.4%). Retail trade sales were down 1.3% (±0.5%) from November 2018, but were 2.1% higher than the previous year.

Clothing and clothing accessories stores were up 4.7% (±1.4%) from December 2017, while food services and drinking places were up 4.0% (±2.5%) from last year.

Nevertheless, the December retail sales report will shave expectations off of fourth quarter (Q4) gross domestic product (GDP).

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