On a monthly basis, retail sales were up 0.3% from July to August (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 9.1 percent from July 2021.
From the Census Bureau report:
Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August 2022, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $683.3 billion, an increase of 0.3 percent from the previous month, and 9.1 percent above August 2021. … The June 2022 to July 2022 percent change was revised from virtually unchanged to down 0.4 percent.
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This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales and food service, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).
Retail sales ex-gasoline were up 0.8% in August.
The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993.
Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 7.6% on a YoY basis.