Retail sales continued to fall in December as shoppers battled inflation

Retail sales continued to fall in December as shoppers battled inflation


It was a ho-hum finish to 2022 for spending in America.

US retail sales continued their fall in December, dropping by 1.1% as inflation remained excessive, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

That’s the most important month-to-month decline since December 2021, and virtually each class (aside from constructing supplies, groceries and sporting items) noticed sales drop from the prior month.

Economists had anticipated sales to fall by simply 0.8% for the month, in accordance to Refinitiv. The November quantity was revised down to -1%.

All in all, the ultimate retail sales report for 2022 exhibits a muted end to a vacation season that crept even further into October versus the standard late-November and December.

Annual retail sales have been up 6% in December from the yr prior, unchanged from November.

The information is just not adjusted for inflation, which reached a 40-year excessive in June earlier than falling through the second half of 2022, hitting 6.5% for the 12-month period ending in December, in accordance to the newest Consumer Price Index studying launched final week.

Wholesale worth progress can also be cooling considerably: The Producer Price Index for December measured 6.2%, in accordance to Bureau of Labor Statistics information launched Wednesday.

Consumer spending has remained sturdy regardless of inflation, rising rates of interest and recession fears. However, some financial information means that exercise could also be dropping some steam and that Americans are operating out of dry powder.

“The subsequent few months are historically the slowest months for retailers,” stated Ted Rossman, senior trade analyst for Bankrate, in an announcement. “With extra Americans battling costly bank card debt and inflation remaining stubbornly excessive, an additional slowdown in buying seems seemingly, a minimum of in the close to time period.”