U.S. Retail Sales Update: May 2021 June 15, 2021

U.S. retail sales dropped by 1.3% from April to May (seasonally adjusted), but sales remain elevated, with 14% growth over the last 6 months.


U.S. Retail Sales Update: April 2021 May 14, 2021

Nationwide retail sales, which grew very strongly in March, remained at a high level in April.


U.S. Retail Sales Update: March 2021 April 15, 2021

March retail sales were nearly 10 percent above February and 28 percent above March 2020. 


U.S. Retail Sales Update: February 2021 March 16, 2021

 Despite a decline of 3 percent from January, February retail sales were 6.5 percent above February 2020. 


U.S. Retail Sales Update: January 2021 February 17, 2021

U.S. retail sales grew 5.3% from December to January (seasonally adjusted)—the 4th-largest monthly increase since 1992.


Card Spending Update: January 2021 February 12, 2021

Credit/debit card data suggest CA taxable sales grew by 2% in January but the spending response to recent federal stimulus payments seemed to be weaker in CA than elsewhere. 


U.S. Retail Sales Update: December 2020 January 15, 2021

U.S. retail sales declined by 0.7% from November to December, but sales for the full year were 0.4% higher than 2019.


Card Spending Update: December 2020 January 14, 2021

Credit/debit card data suggest CA taxable sales dropped by 2% in December but remained higher than January 2020.


Card Spending Update: November 2020 December 16, 2020

Credit/debit card data suggest CA taxable sales continued to grow in November; spending now higher than January.


U.S. Retail Sales Update: November 2020 December 16, 2020

U.S. retail sales declined by 1% in November, but total sales Jan.-Nov. 2020 were slightly higher than Jan.-Nov. 2019. 


U.S. Retail Sales Update: October 2020 November 17, 2020

U.S. retail sales grew modestly in October. Total sales January-October 2020 were just 0.1% below January-October 2019.


Card Spending Update: October 2020 November 12, 2020

Credit/debit card data suggest CA taxable sales continued to grow in October but still remained slightly below January.


Card Spending Update: September 2020 October 19, 2020

Credit/debit card data suggest California taxable sales continued to grow in September but still remained somewhat below January.


California New Car Sales: August 2020 October 16, 2020

New vehicle registrations have rebounded from record lows in the spring, but remain below pre-recession levels. 


U.S. Retail Sales Update: September 2020 October 16, 2020

Strong U.S. retail sales growth continued in September. Total sales January-September 2020 were just 1% below the same period in 2019.