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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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
4533: Used Merchandise Stores: 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 371 402 419 393 435 519 443 532 523 483 465 582
1993 403 431 414 415 443 710 527 617 500 543 487 646
1994 423 454 535 457 446 456 429 594 568 551 529 683
1995 451 494 489 486 556 580 554 641 560 523 557 726
1996 481 481 578 598 744 618 591 611 588 631 630 705
1997 621 687 620 559 558 584 667 674 691 766 740 891
1998 633 710 725 665 673 698 782 762 770 844 795 966
1999 639 783 782 731 724 759 749 784 722 848 804 1,052
2000 682 872 852 812 818 762 864 850 755 769 812 984
2001 708 784 856 759 796 745 785 782 803 799 809 901
2002 870 793 812 782 749 765 783 811 742 761 753 879
2003 845 741 793 739 746 674 739 747 758 813 819 800
2004 734 704 753 702 752 753 778 748 797 832 838 880
2005 782 713 774 726 745 736 729 757 767 837 889 865
2006 875 777 888 891 862 848 754 846 873 920 907 972
2007 804 873 1,037 828 927 885 836 895 885 1,007 944 1,009
2008 866 893 938 943 987 936 910 947 962 962 949 949
2009 805 894 971 927 860 860 874 892 925 983 903 978
2010 822 866 1,013 964 997 883 977 973 974 1,100 1,014 1,217
2011 942 1,029 1,182 1,066 1,063 1,004 1,009 1,210 1,115 1,186 1,182 1,260
2012 1,108 1,229 1,286 1,160 1,214 1,164 1,180 1,276 1,225 1,300 1,262 1,324
2013 1,178 1,151 1,283 1,214 1,286 1,260 1,326 1,421 1,250 1,449 1,352 1,253
2014 1,121 1,169 1,352 1,345 1,373 1,325 1,430 1,456 1,400 1,523 1,356 1,343
2015 1,240 1,182 1,413 1,362 1,418 1,381 1,511 1,561 1,478 1,613 1,401 1,432
2016 1,248 1,287 1,396 1,410 1,420 1,375 1,471 1,526 1,506 1,635 1,559 1,523
2017 1,344 1,374 1,571 1,458 1,532 1,463 1,524 1,606 1,570 1,719 1,628 1,639
2018 1,428 1,479 1,668 1,530 1,595 1,501 1,407 1,560 1,428 1,619 1,588 1,584
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: September 20, 2019