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Release Date:
April 14, 2014

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.

For information on the reliability and use of the data, including important notes on estimation and sampling variance, seasonal adjustment, measures of sampling variability, and other information pertinent to this economic indicator, go to the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website, which provides time-series Excel files for Sales [XLS, 184kb], and Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios [XLS, 368kb] data.

Estimated measures of sampling variability for totals are expressed as coefficients of variation (CV). Standard errors (SE) are provided for month-to-month change and ratio estimates.

Estimated measures of sampling variability are based on data not adjusted for seasonal variation, and should be used when drawing inferences about both adjusted and not adjusted estimates.

Inventories are only available for the following industries (defined in Box 3 above): 44000, 4400A, 441, 4423X, 444, 445, 448, 452, 4521.

NA = Not available.

(S) = Suppressed.

The Y-axis for the line charts may be truncated to prevent flattening of the lines or to present the complete range of data.

Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services (Definitions)
4521: Department Stores (Excl. L.D.): U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Inventories - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 33,798 34,273 35,915 36,757 35,543 35,163 36,529 37,207 39,809 43,507 44,074 35,151
1993 35,938 37,173 39,324 39,659 39,271 38,131 38,914 40,073 42,758 46,482 47,544 37,545
1994 36,181 37,547 38,742 39,460 39,854 39,680 39,725 40,960 44,160 48,005 48,917 38,849
1995 38,887 40,403 41,053 41,255 41,261 40,780 41,428 42,741 45,676 50,177 51,404 40,326
1996 39,995 41,151 42,232 42,552 42,183 41,464 42,477 44,061 46,892 51,172 52,384 40,903
1997 40,175 41,527 42,403 43,198 42,714 41,883 42,365 43,139 46,436 50,616 51,765 41,074
1998 40,869 41,956 43,037 43,309 42,117 41,649 42,640 43,607 46,802 50,938 51,749 40,224
1999 40,091 40,899 42,343 42,644 42,112 40,860 41,369 42,626 45,739 50,097 52,135 40,591
2000 40,308 41,514 42,196 42,027 41,817 40,677 40,628 41,911 44,993 50,154 51,379 39,510
2001 39,153 40,225 41,902 41,503 41,325 40,057 39,797 41,591 44,940 48,910 49,530 37,470
2002 36,219 37,327 38,115 37,641 37,314 36,253 37,006 38,051 41,201 45,055 47,133 35,921
2003 35,084 35,658 37,174 37,700 36,567 35,422 35,716 36,377 39,928 44,215 44,912 34,209
2004 33,816 34,576 36,122 36,189 35,594 34,662 35,080 36,285 39,210 43,571 45,246 34,736
2005 34,383 35,131 37,505 36,836 35,937 35,271 35,832 37,186 40,568 44,617 45,988 35,699
2006 34,624 34,551 35,734 35,501 34,559 33,493 34,186 35,659 39,336 43,614 45,438 35,038
2007 34,774 35,326 35,917 36,346 35,345 34,791 35,149 36,117 39,957 44,650 44,306 34,473
2008 33,937 34,540 34,906 34,991 34,239 33,188 33,542 34,101 38,279 42,487 41,813 31,454
2009 30,601 30,788 31,914 31,905 31,077 30,750 30,750 31,582 35,130 38,826 38,414 29,422
2010 29,333 29,356 30,077 30,481 29,819 29,286 29,931 30,703 33,678 37,700 38,158 29,626
2011 29,181 29,322 30,775 30,790 30,548 29,693 29,989 31,019 34,273 38,064 37,862 29,828
2012 29,067 29,114 29,567 30,027 29,770 28,987 29,209 29,915 32,124 36,567 36,110 28,874
2013 28,880 29,253 30,209 30,463 29,932 29,086 29,446 30,071 33,415 37,347 36,867 29,257
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: March 26, 2014