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Release Date:
July 15, 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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
4541: Electronic Shopping and Mail-order Houses: 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 2,692 2,285 2,484 2,506 2,483 2,602 2,665 2,673 2,932 3,436 3,922 4,530
1993 3,057 2,739 3,299 2,962 2,791 2,667 2,621 2,895 3,280 3,869 4,955 5,542
1994 3,532 3,141 3,898 3,619 3,464 3,296 3,097 3,597 3,812 4,309 5,254 6,018
1995 3,939 3,341 4,121 3,650 3,943 3,710 3,568 4,080 4,357 5,021 6,113 6,837
1996 4,549 4,226 4,703 4,566 4,563 4,250 4,442 4,586 4,875 5,816 6,676 7,854
1997 5,042 4,577 5,594 5,491 5,304 5,204 5,198 5,165 6,080 6,693 7,029 8,690
1998 5,794 5,455 6,528 6,096 6,111 5,977 6,115 6,056 6,711 7,483 8,156 9,815
1999 6,491 6,391 7,595 7,128 6,925 7,222 6,964 7,514 8,033 8,552 9,604 11,863
2000 8,087 8,074 9,425 8,409 8,692 8,865 8,229 9,297 9,442 10,324 11,388 13,558
2001 9,343 8,333 9,710 8,898 9,214 8,908 8,727 9,551 8,420 10,118 10,903 12,624
2002 9,912 8,925 9,670 9,684 9,713 8,969 9,478 9,845 9,678 10,738 11,412 14,190
2003 10,568 9,654 10,403 10,415 10,322 10,185 10,511 10,641 11,253 12,099 12,162 16,091
2004 11,989 11,260 12,621 12,030 11,706 11,840 11,655 12,540 12,412 13,030 14,604 18,470
2005 13,209 12,317 14,154 13,352 13,639 13,634 13,107 14,910 14,318 15,022 16,922 21,316
2006 15,811 14,531 17,046 15,024 16,071 15,795 14,768 16,897 16,050 17,497 19,037 23,724
2007 17,540 16,118 18,040 16,927 18,053 17,211 17,617 18,523 17,206 19,574 21,583 25,289
2008 18,635 17,368 17,942 18,612 18,546 18,039 18,492 18,035 18,444 18,946 18,875 26,269
2009 18,076 16,675 18,342 17,773 17,644 18,494 18,421 18,541 18,998 19,558 21,773 29,377
2010 19,345 18,208 21,374 20,152 19,790 20,787 19,659 21,369 21,115 21,196 25,030 32,619
2011 22,041 20,503 23,622 21,772 22,927 22,823 21,365 24,054 23,062 23,733 28,733 36,217
2012 24,157 23,592 25,274 23,807 25,705 24,434 24,460 26,828 25,047 27,136 32,462 39,641
2013 28,437 25,749 27,988 28,218 28,748 26,975 28,349 29,297 28,283 29,657 33,381 44,500
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: March 26, 2014