Statistics (latest release)

Measures Change in the total value of sales at the retail level, excluding automobiles;

Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;

Frequency Released monthly, about 45 days after the month ends;

Automobile sales account for about 20% of Retail Sales, but they tend to be very volatile and distort the underlying trend. The Core data is therefore thought to be a better gauge of spending trends;

Also Called Retail Sales Ex Autos;