Retail Sales

Advanced Retail Sales and Food Services

The graph below shows national retail sales which is a measure of the strength of the U.S. consumer. The blue bar shows the nominal month-to-month change (which is what is widely reported). The green bar shows the nominal year-over-year change, and the red bar shows the inflation-adjusted year-over-year change. The red bar is the one that shows the real performance of the retail sector.