Retail Sales

View Financial Glossary Index


Retail sales is a substantial portion of consumer spending and an important indicator of economic health. Increased consumer spending is generally considered a sign of stability and growth.

The Retail Trade Report containing this statistic is released monthly by the Department of Commerce. It is generally the first consumer spending report released each month.

Are you an investing professional?

Click here to request a live demo of YCharts Professional, our premium suite of tools and data.
Learn more about our professional products. Call (866) 965-7552 or email

Search the Glossary



Start your free 7-Day Trial.

{{}} No credit card required.

Already a subscriber? Sign in.