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Release Date:
October 16, 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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
44111: New Car 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 24,056 25,041 28,018 27,982 28,924 30,591 29,934 28,052 28,949 29,429 26,171 26,654
1993 25,801 26,165 31,277 32,586 32,786 34,497 34,162 33,517 32,501 32,534 31,679 32,017
1994 29,860 31,959 39,742 38,191 37,869 39,511 36,388 38,533 37,385 36,654 35,170 34,399
1995 32,778 33,412 41,374 38,132 42,309 43,957 39,540 42,592 38,978 38,834 37,202 35,534
1996 36,390 40,087 44,798 42,745 46,525 43,649 43,833 44,020 41,252 43,454 38,484 37,103
1997 38,950 40,036 45,967 44,106 45,673 45,196 46,093 46,085 43,626 44,122 38,649 40,469
1998 39,690 39,936 47,249 47,084 48,972 51,217 46,220 44,965 44,560 46,742 41,949 43,975
1999 42,042 45,230 53,840 50,680 53,277 54,565 54,023 55,555 51,570 49,379 47,695 48,311
2000 47,032 53,501 59,381 51,683 57,481 57,235 52,953 56,931 52,112 50,745 46,458 44,611
2001 47,306 49,251 56,675 52,336 58,144 57,024 54,088 58,125 48,652 65,947 52,687 49,178
2002 48,146 49,591 54,904 54,982 55,678 55,376 60,595 63,686 51,582 52,271 47,747 51,201
2003 49,170 47,673 56,000 55,764 59,506 58,090 61,433 61,356 55,297 53,065 48,537 53,314
2004 47,864 50,584 60,638 55,578 59,332 57,264 60,858 59,246 57,973 53,128 50,718 57,370
2005 47,706 50,927 61,437 58,535 59,474 65,585 69,231 62,506 53,141 47,958 49,730 55,717
2006 50,629 51,314 62,921 56,863 61,023 60,477 61,957 63,872 55,786 53,468 51,710 55,602
2007 50,920 53,146 63,462 57,632 63,279 59,095 59,393 64,017 55,806 56,263 51,284 53,410
2008 49,775 51,502 57,091 53,864 55,396 49,500 50,236 51,435 44,333 39,272 34,535 38,654
2009 36,015 35,243 40,565 39,441 41,068 42,442 45,635 49,947 37,120 40,085 36,810 42,194
2010 37,035 37,155 49,926 47,053 48,346 46,879 49,697 48,858 45,610 45,366 43,813 49,735
2011 43,739 46,318 55,952 51,777 51,278 51,281 51,208 52,919 50,292 49,873 48,662 55,489
2012 47,096 52,611 61,036 54,942 60,389 56,669 56,948 61,184 54,451 54,854 53,618 58,752
2013 53,175 54,716 63,329 61,448 65,809 62,573 66,126 68,316 58,075 60,383 58,700 62,724
2014 54,554 56,299 69,047 66,931 71,351 65,629 69,994 72,042 63,756 64,501 61,782 69,256
2015 60,980 59,825 73,305 70,517 74,341 71,417 74,999 76,094 70,394 69,848 65,942 74,458
2016 62,088 67,293 75,634 73,262 74,790 73,432 76,097 79,798 73,357 70,907 70,087 79,853
2017 65,249 67,173 79,068 72,065 78,868 75,673 76,946 79,496 76,476 74,667 73,601 79,660
2018 67,953 67,860 83,435 75,062 82,916 79,222 79,328 83,392 74,305 77,033 74,948 82,315
2019 68,138 68,721 84,205 78,463 85,668 79,962 84,384 90,123 NA NA NA NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 18, 2019