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Release Date:
July 14, 2015

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.

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, which provides time-series Excel files for Sales [XLS, 184kb], and Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios [XLS, 368kb] data.

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.

Inventories are only available for the following industries (defined in Box 3 above): 44000, 4400A, 441, 4423X, 444, 445, 448, 452, 4521.

NA = Not available.

(S) = Suppressed.

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: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services (Definitions)
4541: Electronic Shopping and Mail-order Houses: U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 2,692 2,285 2,484 2,506 2,483 2,602 2,665 2,673 2,932 3,436 3,922 4,530
1993 3,057 2,739 3,299 2,962 2,791 2,667 2,621 2,895 3,280 3,869 4,955 5,542
1994 3,532 3,141 3,898 3,619 3,464 3,296 3,097 3,597 3,812 4,309 5,254 6,018
1995 3,939 3,341 4,121 3,650 3,943 3,710 3,568 4,080 4,357 5,021 6,113 6,837
1996 4,549 4,226 4,703 4,566 4,563 4,250 4,442 4,586 4,875 5,816 6,676 7,854
1997 5,042 4,577 5,594 5,491 5,304 5,204 5,198 5,165 6,080 6,693 7,029 8,690
1998 5,794 5,455 6,528 6,096 6,111 5,977 6,115 6,056 6,711 7,483 8,156 9,815
1999 6,491 6,391 7,595 7,128 6,925 7,222 6,964 7,514 8,033 8,552 9,604 11,863
2000 8,087 8,074 9,425 8,409 8,692 8,865 8,229 9,297 9,442 10,324 11,388 13,558
2001 9,343 8,333 9,710 8,898 9,214 8,908 8,727 9,551 8,420 10,118 10,903 12,624
2002 9,912 8,925 9,670 9,684 9,713 8,969 9,478 9,845 9,678 10,738 11,412 14,190
2003 10,568 9,654 10,403 10,415 10,322 10,185 10,511 10,641 11,253 12,099 12,162 16,091
2004 11,989 11,260 12,621 12,030 11,706 11,840 11,655 12,540 12,412 13,030 14,604 18,470
2005 13,209 12,317 14,154 13,352 13,639 13,634 13,107 14,910 14,318 15,022 16,922 21,316
2006 15,811 14,531 17,046 15,024 16,071 15,795 14,768 16,897 16,050 17,497 19,037 23,724
2007 17,540 16,118 18,040 16,927 18,053 17,211 17,617 18,523 17,206 19,574 21,583 25,289
2008 18,648 17,396 17,979 18,670 18,615 18,121 18,582 18,119 18,537 19,056 18,988 26,442
2009 18,166 16,765 18,441 17,876 17,753 18,617 18,546 18,673 19,138 19,711 21,970 29,696
2010 19,528 18,383 21,585 20,342 19,976 20,979 19,828 21,550 21,276 21,337 25,220 32,908
2011 22,177 20,625 23,765 21,903 23,074 23,042 21,590 24,329 23,338 23,961 29,070 36,708
2012 24,524 23,969 25,680 24,175 26,105 24,775 24,765 27,121 25,239 27,280 32,545 39,639
2013 28,065 25,274 27,340 27,475 27,885 26,024 27,318 28,155 27,109 28,437 32,099 42,945
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: March 26, 2014