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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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
4411: Automobile 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 25,800 27,031 30,195 30,583 31,095 32,798 32,185 30,139 30,965 31,578 27,838 28,237
1993 27,823 28,364 33,803 35,150 35,095 36,890 36,647 35,804 34,668 34,873 33,932 34,077
1994 32,059 34,391 42,411 40,973 40,507 42,280 39,162 41,652 40,272 39,790 37,734 36,869
1995 35,487 36,245 44,670 41,130 45,489 47,260 43,032 46,037 42,201 41,908 40,133 38,092
1996 39,261 43,538 48,844 46,624 50,252 47,187 47,404 47,531 44,473 46,980 41,746 40,109
1997 42,327 43,870 50,056 48,221 49,695 49,284 50,159 49,949 47,367 47,944 41,943 43,843
1998 43,371 44,090 51,772 51,484 53,328 55,940 50,755 49,441 48,698 51,277 45,679 47,666
1999 46,157 49,827 58,761 55,504 58,227 59,612 58,918 60,447 56,079 53,895 51,987 52,406
2000 51,413 58,828 64,815 56,524 62,467 62,396 57,942 62,020 56,972 55,319 50,547 48,539
2001 51,954 54,168 62,034 57,327 63,534 62,193 58,994 63,267 52,943 70,850 57,131 53,281
2002 52,948 54,817 60,116 60,242 61,020 60,575 65,824 69,228 56,437 57,414 52,483 55,578
2003 54,379 53,150 61,877 61,336 65,092 63,414 66,899 66,850 60,369 58,079 53,065 57,750
2004 52,917 56,122 66,693 61,142 65,214 62,812 66,631 65,194 63,519 58,913 56,199 62,718
2005 53,509 57,407 68,039 64,571 65,429 71,603 75,311 68,925 58,825 53,555 55,055 60,842
2006 56,440 57,559 69,930 63,333 67,661 66,999 68,328 70,525 61,990 59,614 57,344 61,075
2007 57,009 59,771 70,738 64,366 70,465 65,945 66,174 71,327 62,397 62,846 57,241 59,124
2008 56,319 58,684 64,382 60,804 62,079 56,153 56,522 57,661 49,995 44,704 38,987 43,215
2009 41,559 41,331 46,582 45,093 46,510 48,096 51,112 55,695 42,315 45,284 41,464 46,955
2010 42,162 43,455 56,506 53,010 54,203 53,074 55,880 55,146 51,581 51,489 49,417 55,257
2011 49,715 53,613 63,613 58,223 57,538 57,741 57,556 59,357 56,243 55,583 54,192 61,131
2012 52,985 60,339 68,793 61,753 67,056 63,327 63,359 68,421 60,834 61,304 59,785 64,822
2013 59,941 63,113 71,579 68,859 72,999 69,543 73,089 75,585 64,318 67,065 64,883 68,316
2014 60,619 64,321 77,611 74,532 79,046 73,171 77,651 79,978 71,340 72,434 68,604 76,259
2015 68,415 68,917 82,636 79,486 82,885 79,754 83,376 84,447 78,083 77,759 73,135 81,557
2016 69,732 77,573 85,595 82,369 83,292 82,335 84,840 89,078 81,760 79,668 77,907 88,256
2017 73,667 76,668 89,892 81,174 88,451 85,301 86,322 88,972 85,591 83,662 82,065 87,768
2018 76,671 77,657 94,567 84,471 92,867 88,864 88,974 93,324 83,124 85,968 83,384 90,543
2019 76,785 78,166 95,730 88,472 95,891 89,732 94,207 NA NA NA NA NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 15, 2019