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November 17, 2020

For the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey, estimates for the most recent month are advance estimates that are based on data from a subsample of firms from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey. The advance estimates will be superseded in following months by revised estimates derived from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey.

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.

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.

NA = Not available.

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: Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (Definitions)
44X72: Retail Trade and Food Services: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2014 418,524 424,674 429,134 433,648 434,351 435,430 436,137 439,650 438,707 439,889 441,277 438,800
2015 436,110 435,340 441,880 442,600 446,206 446,898 449,767 449,975 448,739 447,496 449,242 450,978
2016 448,325 452,555 451,132 453,034 454,683 459,088 458,579 459,022 461,893 463,240 462,994 468,076
2017 473,832 473,582 472,693 475,335 473,242 474,798 475,045 475,653 486,056 486,635 490,648 492,996
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: November 26, 2020