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July 16, 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 The advance estimates will be superseded in following months by revised estimates derived from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey.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.

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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
2018 492,600 494,815 494,747 495,967 502,351 501,133 503,834 502,875 502,407 508,036 508,471 497,541
2019 505,036 504,686 512,602 515,088 516,913 518,614 522,198 524,547 522,261 524,853 525,014 525,467
2020 529,616 527,273 483,949 412,766 487,708 524,306 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Source: Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (Definitions)
44X72: Retail Trade and Food Services: U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2018 444,701 436,018 509,325 481,516 529,261 508,292 506,514 521,962 478,595 505,194 520,956 559,289
2019 458,089 443,708 515,694 509,413 547,130 518,273 532,103 545,247 496,074 525,539 535,352 591,380
2020 481,862 479,868 481,513 410,345 507,477 530,442 NA NA NA NA NA NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: August 10, 2020