Government of Nova Scotia, Canada
Header - Service Directory

Use the Services Directory to quickly access information on all of the services provided by the NS Department of Finance.

Home > Economics and Statistics > Archived Daily Stats > Selected Archived Daily Stats Article
The Economics and Statistics Division maintains archives of previous publications for accountability purposes, but makes no updates to keep these documents current with the latest data revisions from Statistics Canada. As a result, information in older documents may not be accurate. Please exercise caution when referring to older documents. For the latest information and historical data, please contact the individual listed to the right.

<--- Return to Archive

For additional information relating to this article, please contact:

Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

November 15, 2019
US RETAIL SALES, OCTOBER 2019

The US Census Bureau announced today that the advance estimates of U.S retail and food service sales for October 2019, was a seasonally adjusted , month-over-month 0.3 per cent increase ($1.4 billion) over September 2019 to  $526.5 billion, and a year-over-year 3.1 per cent increase over October 2018.

Excluding food services and drinking places, retail trade sales increased 0.3 per cent over September 2019, and increased 2.9 per cent over October 2018.

                                                                 

Year-To-Date

In Jan-Oct 2019, United States seasonally adjusted Retail Trade & Food Services increased 3.4 per cent over Jan-Oct 2018. Retail trade increased 3.2 per cent and food services and drinking places sales increased 4.2 per cent.

 

SECTOR ANALYSIS

Sales were up in 8 of 13 retail categories, the fastest gains (in percentage terms) being reported in Non-store retailers (12.7%) and  Food Services, Drinking Places (4.2%).  The largest declines (in percentage terms) were seen in Sporting and recreation (-3.9%), and Electronics stores (-4.1%). 

In Jan-Oct 2019 vs Jan-Oct 2018,

Retail Trade, 87.7% of total retail trade & food services, increased 3.2% ($142.5 billion)to $4,542 billion.

  • Motor vehicle sector, 20.0% of total retail trade & food services, increased 3.6% ($36.1 billion). 
  • Furniture stores, 1.9% of total retail trade & food services were unchanged.
  • Electronics stores, 1.6% of total retail trade & food services, decreased 4.1% ($3.4 billion).
  • Building materials, 6.1% of total retail trade & food services, increased 0.8% ($2.5 billion). 
  • Food and beverage stores 12.5% of total retail trade & food services, increased 3.0% ($18.8 billion).
  • Heath, personal care stores 5.7% of total retail trade & food services, increased 3.6% ($10.3 billion).
  • Gasoline Stations, 8.2% of total retail trade & food services, decreased 0.6% ($2.6 billion). 
  • Clothing stores, 4.3% of total retail trade & food services, decreased 0.6% ($1.3 billion).
  • Sports and hobby stores, 1.3% of total retail trade & food services, decreased 3.9% ($2.6 billion). 
  • General merchandise stores, 11.5% of total retail trade & food services, increased 1.5% ($8.9 billion). 
  • Miscellaneous retail 2.1% of total retail trade & food services, increased 2.7% ($3.0 billion). 
  • Non-store retailers,12.5% of total retail trade & food services, increased 12.7% ($72.9 billion). 
  • Food services, drinking places 12.3% of total retail trade & food services, increased 4.2% ($25.8 billion).

 

Source: US Census BureauData Tables



<--- Return to Archive