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Guide to the
1997 Economic Census


Current Retail Trade Statistics
Advance Monthly Retail Sales Monthly Retail Trade Annual Retail Trade

(Current Business Reports)

Advance Monthly Retail Sales, on the internet in html and spreadsheet formats, released roughly 9 days after the close of each month. An early report of monthly retail sales and trends by kind-of-business groups at the national level. The figures are based on a subsample of the Census Bureau's retail trade survey sample. The series provides the following: advance estimates for the current month, preliminary or final estimates for the two preceding months, and final estimates for the same two months a year earlier.  Both unadjusted figures and data adjusted for seasonal variation are included.

Kind-of-business groups are based on SIC through 2000.  NAICS-based categories will be reported starting in 2001.


Monthly Retail Trade: Sales and Inventories, on the internet in html and spreadsheet formats, released roughly 6 weeks after the close of the reference month. A monthly report of sales estimates, summarized by major kind-of-business groups for the United States.

Reports show preliminary figures for the current month and final figures for months earlier in the reference year.  National estimates of end-of-month inventories and inventory/sales ratios are also presented. Both unadjusted figures and data adjusted for seasonal variation are included.

Kind-of-business groups are based on SIC through 2000.  NAICS-based categories will be reported starting in 2001.

(Data for census regions and divisions, and selected states, metropolitan areas and cities were dropped for budget reasons after the publication of 1996 results.)

The Annual Benchmark Report for Retail Trade republishes a ten-year time series of monthly data, as illustrated below.


Annual Retail Trade:  The Annual Benchmark Report for Retail Trade, series BR/[year]RV is published in print and pdf several months after the close of the calendar year.  It includes estimates of annual sales, per capita sales, gross margins, monthly and year-end inventories, inventory/sales ratios, merchandise purchased, gross margin/sales ratios, and accounts receivable balances for the U.S. by kind of business. Comparable statistics are shown for the previous year, along with year-to-year percentage changes. Monthly data, both seasonally adjusted and unadjusted, for the most recent 10 years are also presented.

Kind-of-business groups are based on SIC through the publication of 1998 data.  NAICS-based categories will be reported for 1998 and 1999 in the 1999 report.

Table from Annual Benchmark Report for Retail Trade


NAICS Categories Published in the Monthly Advance Retail Trade Survey, the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, and the Annual Retail Trade Survey

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