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Release Date:
September 13, 2019

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.

Inventories estimates released as part of the Advance Economic Indicators Report are not included in the time series. For the latest advance estimates, go to the Advance Economic Indicators Report website.

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, 665kb], and Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios [XLS, 420kb] 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)
4441: Building Mat. and Supplies Dealers: 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 7,637 7,567 8,718 9,330 9,731 10,178 9,981 9,742 9,813 10,018 8,835 8,765
1993 7,746 7,932 9,408 10,146 10,769 11,083 10,813 10,905 10,578 10,711 10,388 9,947
1994 8,393 8,487 10,682 11,314 12,236 12,445 11,852 12,720 12,139 12,266 11,557 11,008
1995 9,734 9,496 11,445 11,416 12,980 12,995 12,125 12,894 12,234 12,767 11,864 11,078
1996 10,050 10,148 11,357 12,751 13,919 13,529 13,874 13,765 12,970 14,060 12,549 11,481
1997 10,767 10,740 12,563 14,083 14,943 14,716 15,012 14,189 14,506 15,003 12,799 12,747
1998 11,400 11,326 13,453 14,815 15,323 16,078 15,875 15,048 15,191 15,676 14,025 13,991
1999 12,020 12,508 15,156 16,239 16,717 17,403 16,977 16,878 16,299 16,470 16,032 15,217
2000 13,314 14,047 17,061 16,665 18,953 18,499 17,261 17,919 16,546 17,228 15,650 14,506
2001 13,744 13,643 16,488 18,241 20,031 19,188 18,559 19,031 16,828 18,712 17,111 15,444
2002 14,957 14,458 16,873 20,038 20,917 19,357 19,721 19,365 18,240 19,474 17,593 16,191
2003 15,619 14,083 17,619 19,876 20,984 20,946 21,465 20,425 20,775 21,669 18,897 18,613
2004 16,526 16,258 21,879 23,351 23,595 24,738 23,341 23,253 22,852 22,415 21,872 21,120
2005 18,474 18,255 23,435 25,194 26,549 26,863 24,677 25,872 25,192 25,244 24,435 22,414
2006 21,699 21,119 26,691 26,428 29,070 27,883 25,437 26,886 24,150 25,298 23,414 21,307
2007 20,238 18,893 23,857 24,763 28,628 26,408 25,588 25,666 22,706 24,458 22,742 19,900
2008 18,677 18,247 20,722 24,370 26,291 24,818 25,033 22,746 22,364 22,797 18,968 18,049
2009 15,702 15,177 18,571 20,626 22,160 22,043 21,029 19,344 19,376 19,076 17,562 16,808
2010 13,738 13,750 19,009 21,771 21,871 21,652 20,304 19,349 18,915 18,985 18,714 17,654
2011 14,265 14,196 18,974 20,310 22,769 22,556 20,828 21,167 20,054 19,992 19,415 18,123
2012 15,941 16,385 20,492 21,124 24,075 22,024 21,113 21,511 19,607 21,465 20,399 18,040
2013 17,059 16,420 19,810 23,884 26,559 23,541 24,069 23,216 21,595 23,074 21,054 19,264
2014 17,720 16,875 20,788 24,652 27,382 25,694 25,651 23,928 23,808 24,455 22,034 21,129
2015 18,837 17,657 23,008 25,802 27,102 26,844 26,902 24,661 24,551 24,983 23,678 23,557
2016 19,656 20,587 25,490 26,911 28,865 29,104 26,772 26,820 25,783 25,435 25,577 23,649
2017 21,103 20,831 26,315 27,078 31,062 30,152 27,717 28,324 27,271 27,835 27,158 24,487
2018 22,049 21,716 26,826 28,573 33,653 31,818 30,807 29,799 27,060 29,663 27,444 24,892
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 14, 2019