Core Retail Sales

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Core Retail Sales'

U.S. aggregate retail sales excluding automobile and gasoline sales, which are excluded due to their volatility. The figures are released monthly by the U.S. Department of Commerce about two weeks after the end of the reference month. As consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy, the core retail sales data is an important indicator about the health of the overall economy.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Core Retail Sales'

Core retail sales data is used extensively by various government bureaus to calculate GDP, develop consumer price indexes and analyze current economic activity, while the Federal Reserve uses the numbers to assess recent trends in consumer purchases.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Lipstick Effect

    A theory that states that during periods of recession or economic ...
  2. Consumer Spending

    The amount of money spent by households in an economy. The spending ...
  3. Department of Commerce

    The cabinet department in the U.S. Government that deals with ...
  4. Economic Indicator

    An economic indicator is a piece of economic data, usually of ...
  5. Retail Sales

    An aggregated measure of the sales of retail goods over a stated ...
  6. Gross Domestic Product - GDP

    The monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How is a product line depth related to a product line?

    A company's product line depth is the number of products in the company's product line. Product Line A product line is a ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How has electronic retailing (e-tailing) changed the consumer discretionary goods ...

    Electronic retailing has changed the consumer discretionary goods sector by increasing price transparency and product information. ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Is good customer service something to look for in a company in which I am considering ...

    Investors should consider good customer service before buying a stock especially in consumer-oriented sectors. Customer service ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How does stock evaluation of an electronic retailing (e-tailing) business differ ...

    Stock evaluations of electronic retailers differ from brick-and-mortar businesses in that e-tailers have higher growth rates. ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Why did Target's (TGT) expansion into Canada fail so quickly?

    Target (TGT) decided to expand north into Canadian markets in 2011. By 2013, it had built 133 stores across several Canadian ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Who are Nordstrom's (JWN) main competitors?

    Nordstrom (JWN) is a high-end retail sales department store offering fashion, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Forex Education

    The Fundamentals Of Forex Fundamentals

    Charting is not the only way to analyze the foreign-exchange market. Learn how to apply fundamental analysis to the economic indicators.
  2. Markets

    Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    What people buy and where they shop can provide valuable information about the economy.
  3. Savings

    The Pros and Cons of Buying on Amazon

    Learn how buying works with Amazon. Amazon has become the dominant player in online retail with its ruthless focus on lower prices and customer service.
  4. Stock Analysis

    Top Investment Ideas for Malls of the Future

    How investors should be thinking about the mall of tomorrow.
  5. Stock Analysis

    Whole Foods: How Will Shares React to Price Probe?

    Why it's important to look beyond the recent headlines about Whole Foods Market and accusations of pricing problems in New York.
  6. Stock Analysis

    What's Worth More: Walmart or Facebook?

    Which company is worth more, Walmart or Facebook? The answer may come as a surprise.
  7. Personal Finance

    Is Etsy The New And Improved Ebay?

    Will Etsy replace Ebay as the place for young, trendy millennials to shop?
  8. Economics

    Explaining Business-to-Consumer

    Business-to-consumer (BtoC or B2C) is a business model whereby a company sells its products directly to consumers.
  9. Stock Analysis

    Who's The Stronger Stock: Amazon or eBay?

    Learn how revenue, profitability, valuation metrics, active user base and seller ratings measure the success of Amazon and eBay.
  10. Active Trading Fundamentals

    How To Short Amazon Stock

    With the stock reaching all-time highs and the company gambling on several new business lines, many investors may feel it's a good time to short sell Amazon.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. American Dream

    The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version ...
  2. Multicurrency Note Facility

    A credit facility that finances short- to medium-term Euro notes. Multicurrency note facilities are denominated in many currencies. ...
  3. National Currency

    The currency or legal tender issued by a nation's central bank or monetary authority. The national currency of a nation is ...
  4. Treasury Yield

    The return on investment, expressed as a percentage, on the debt obligations of the U.S. government. Treasuries are considered ...
  5. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  6. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!