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November 16, 2021

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 The advance estimates will be superseded in following months by revised estimates derived from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey.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 418,947 425,005 429,658 433,826 434,640 435,816 436,442 439,680 438,842 440,164 441,536 439,077
2015 436,482 435,847 442,487 443,095 446,529 447,343 450,350 450,521 448,635 447,262 449,121 450,792
2016 447,794 452,342 450,830 452,430 454,443 459,052 458,060 458,771 461,324 462,770 462,407 468,061
2017 473,484 472,995 471,999 474,363 472,010 473,768 473,959 474,703 484,385 485,059 490,007 492,401
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: December 07, 2021