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Retail Sales Increased 0.5% in March


by Calculated Risk on 4/14/2022 08:45:00 AM

On a monthly basis, retail sales were increased 0.5% from February to March (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 6.9 percent from March 2021.

From the Census Bureau report:

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for March 2022, adjusted for seasonal variation
and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $665.7 billion, an increase of 0.5
percent from the previous month, and 6.9 percent above March 2021. … The January 2022 to February 2022 percent change was revised from up 0.3
percent to up 0.8 percent.
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Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales and food service, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).

Retail sales ex-gasoline were down 0.3% in March.

The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993.

Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 4.4% on a YoY basis.

Sales growth in March was slightly below expectations, however, sales in January and February were revised up, combined.

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