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2012 Annual Retail Trade Survey

Report released March 31, 2014

Summary of Changes

The following changes were made with the release of the 2012 ARTS estimates:

  • ARTS estimates were revised to reflect historical corrections to current sample data. Corrections are made to replace previously reported data with more accurate data received at a later date or to replace imputed data with reported data obtained from the company. For more information, refer to the benchmarking section of the Annual Methodology link located below: http://www.census.gov/retail/arts/how_surveys_are_collected.html
  • The 2012 ARTS included the collection of detailed expense items as part of the Business Expenses Supplement (BES). This supplemental information is requested once every five years. Detailed expense estimates for 2012 are included in this release as 2012 Detailed Operating Expenses, including Accommodation and Food Services and the measures of sampling variability for Detailed Operating Expenses, including accommodation and Food Services. Detailed expense items for the ARTS were last released for 2007. For more information on the detailed expense estimates, please see: http://www.census.gov/retail/arts/business_expenses_supplement.html
  • Annual e-commerce estimates for the Retail Trade Sector are being released at the same time as other 2012 ARTS estimates. In previous years, ARTS e-commerce estimates were only released as part of the E-Stats Report. For more details on the E-Stats Report, please see: http://www.census.gov/econ/estats/index.html
  • The 2011 nonemployer (firms without paid employees) estimates have been revised based on the current values provided by the Nonemployer Statistics program. For additional information, refer to the Nonemployer Statistics home page at: http://www.census.gov/econ/nonemployer/

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding information above, please contact the Annual Retail Branch by dialing 1-800-327-4389 and selecting option “2”.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Monthly & Annual Retail Trade | (301) 763-2713 or (301) 763-2747 |  Last Revised: March 31, 2014