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Release Date:
July 14, 2015

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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 (Incl. L.D.): U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 10,560 11,549 13,249 13,808 14,621 13,668 13,400 15,111 13,656 15,318 18,531 27,784
1993 11,429 11,595 13,743 14,602 15,474 14,691 14,680 15,820 14,837 16,330 19,504 29,420
1994 11,957 12,478 15,576 15,290 15,884 15,996 15,392 16,819 15,640 17,082 20,717 30,977
1995 12,563 12,926 15,836 16,125 16,741 16,789 16,288 17,468 16,376 16,968 21,657 31,182
1996 12,594 14,126 16,211 16,354 17,854 17,015 16,108 18,323 16,445 17,847 21,878 32,246
1997 13,741 14,370 17,451 16,538 18,520 17,645 17,051 19,053 16,604 18,676 22,630 32,783
1998 14,226 15,003 17,036 17,998 19,053 17,674 17,334 18,821 16,879 18,673 22,728 33,509
1999 14,866 15,639 18,320 18,187 19,469 18,470 18,046 19,033 17,882 19,055 22,878 35,002
2000 15,181 15,906 18,433 18,765 19,578 18,730 17,902 19,333 17,826 18,603 24,227 35,437
2001 15,645 15,709 17,782 18,551 19,152 18,425 17,567 19,692 17,198 18,359 23,661 33,838
2002 14,987 15,572 18,483 17,704 19,192 17,991 16,948 18,856 16,302 18,041 21,710 31,987
2003 14,377 14,794 16,884 16,877 18,106 17,139 16,865 18,706 16,120 17,814 21,396 31,697
2004 14,437 15,574 16,888 17,151 17,957 16,731 16,894 17,644 16,396 17,896 21,258 32,593
2005 14,581 15,324 17,015 17,091 17,394 17,597 16,732 17,630 15,894 17,889 21,708 31,821
2006 14,351 15,151 16,881 17,219 17,418 17,106 16,399 17,394 16,138 17,058 21,667 31,350
2007 14,442 14,761 16,910 16,447 17,299 16,665 16,000 17,658 15,583 16,703 21,320 30,153
2008 13,512 14,604 16,113 15,276 17,001 16,213 15,462 16,779 14,163 15,733 19,858 27,810
2009 12,909 13,100 14,347 14,871 15,654 14,443 14,420 15,603 13,741 15,282 18,605 27,031
2010 12,518 13,050 14,889 14,447 15,193 14,530 14,212 14,974 13,766 14,651 18,762 27,111
2011 12,122 13,189 14,450 14,791 14,766 15,003 14,173 14,952 13,859 14,539 18,391 26,733
2012 11,659 13,430 14,733 13,857 14,395 14,193 13,419 15,013 13,406 13,772 18,012 25,121
2013 11,621 12,367 14,321 12,837 14,365 13,645 12,961 14,544 12,867 13,684 17,369 24,499
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: March 26, 2014