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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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
444: Building Mat. and Garden Equip. and Supplies Dealers: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 10,845 10,904 10,986 10,738 10,777 10,790 10,785 10,915 10,980 10,971 10,873 11,082
1993 11,333 11,410 11,184 11,417 11,720 11,669 11,781 11,875 11,786 11,908 12,297 12,583
1994 12,316 12,233 12,767 13,076 13,033 12,987 13,130 13,224 13,375 13,550 13,384 13,981
1995 13,738 13,613 13,587 13,415 13,370 13,548 13,645 13,683 13,837 13,932 14,092 14,683
1996 14,023 14,036 14,153 14,340 14,450 14,902 14,826 14,981 14,989 15,040 15,264 14,980
1997 15,197 15,561 15,862 15,709 15,805 15,918 15,973 16,027 16,283 16,232 16,158 16,356
1998 16,436 16,462 16,511 16,716 16,741 16,662 16,819 16,828 16,972 17,209 17,341 17,702
1999 17,732 17,943 17,760 17,791 17,914 17,969 18,183 18,341 18,175 18,606 18,944 19,125
2000 19,613 19,193 20,175 18,986 18,941 18,878 18,982 18,951 18,926 18,965 18,689 19,356
2001 19,248 19,698 19,562 20,373 20,147 19,900 19,838 19,920 19,664 20,054 19,982 20,120
2002 20,359 20,515 20,370 21,274 20,874 20,725 20,674 20,683 20,732 20,603 20,969 20,415
2003 21,270 20,041 21,326 21,139 21,328 22,003 22,372 22,489 22,630 22,869 22,864 22,748
2004 22,637 22,727 24,992 24,565 24,420 24,622 24,538 24,713 25,045 24,842 24,974 25,679
2005 26,126 25,797 26,219 26,520 26,510 26,569 26,538 26,814 27,111 27,664 27,674 27,324
2006 29,686 29,479 29,289 28,905 27,864 27,339 27,327 27,358 26,994 27,161 26,647 27,100
2007 27,533 27,088 27,506 26,610 27,144 26,638 26,860 26,625 26,412 26,248 26,566 25,634
2008 25,721 25,659 25,456 25,292 25,650 25,700 25,897 25,329 25,217 24,568 23,196 22,909
2009 22,758 22,498 22,149 22,092 22,310 22,332 21,883 21,474 21,363 20,661 20,931 20,849
2010 20,566 20,448 21,883 23,518 21,742 21,544 21,499 21,268 21,336 22,040 21,964 22,099
2011 21,484 21,193 21,863 22,066 22,324 22,720 22,761 22,786 22,637 23,242 22,904 23,447
2012 23,618 23,573 24,570 23,390 22,748 22,571 22,697 23,075 23,696 23,820 24,108 24,130
2013 24,402 24,824 24,800 24,964 25,449 24,969 25,572 25,533 25,519 25,155 25,112 25,261
2014 25,206 25,157 25,600 26,530 26,789 26,971 26,478 27,015 26,981 26,924 27,097 26,792
2015 27,098 26,106 27,110 27,335 27,381 27,188 27,944 28,021 27,855 28,021 28,322 28,880
2016 29,042 29,080 29,809 28,848 28,366 29,150 28,914 28,860 29,026 29,134 29,339 29,384
2017 30,124 30,305 30,107 30,470 30,023 29,997 30,188 30,286 31,302 30,835 31,160 31,254
2018 30,677 31,275 30,920 30,937 31,543 31,958 31,978 31,600 31,655 32,067 31,414 31,552
2019 33,654 31,497 31,782 31,479 30,918 31,152 31,468 NA NA NA NA NA
Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services (Definitions)
444: Building Mat. and Garden Equip. 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 8,964 9,023 10,608 11,630 12,327 12,219 11,658 11,219 11,309 11,605 10,156 10,271
1993 8,947 9,208 11,073 12,374 13,296 13,209 12,523 12,470 12,149 12,220 11,872 11,623
1994 9,725 9,861 12,658 13,937 15,025 14,724 13,602 14,320 13,803 13,894 12,991 12,688
1995 11,086 10,967 13,447 13,907 15,700 15,414 14,174 14,783 13,950 14,616 13,600 12,917
1996 11,587 11,828 13,406 15,667 16,952 16,177 16,228 15,796 14,901 16,190 14,430 13,521
1997 12,505 12,534 15,084 17,183 18,390 17,601 17,455 16,268 16,662 17,319 14,815 15,247
1998 13,303 13,298 16,065 18,342 19,145 19,008 18,249 17,036 17,301 17,934 16,167 16,575
1999 13,949 14,508 17,711 19,541 20,560 20,511 19,363 19,000 18,459 18,709 18,190 17,789
2000 15,381 16,170 19,956 20,044 23,003 21,690 19,639 20,171 18,751 19,482 17,816 16,891
2001 15,734 15,638 18,978 22,735 25,115 22,931 21,200 21,084 18,749 20,965 19,029 17,221
2002 16,519 15,999 19,179 24,464 25,657 23,283 22,545 21,540 20,167 21,694 19,520 17,972
2003 17,198 15,575 20,174 24,295 25,849 25,064 24,447 22,659 22,817 23,976 20,795 20,614
2004 18,081 17,862 24,942 28,261 28,431 28,623 26,162 25,578 25,136 24,833 24,035 23,330
2005 20,056 19,965 26,297 29,822 31,644 30,931 27,368 28,332 27,402 27,708 26,720 24,557
2006 23,330 22,823 29,657 31,112 34,154 31,748 28,225 29,303 26,467 27,821 25,932 23,558
2007 21,936 20,803 27,282 28,882 34,219 30,194 28,511 28,261 25,243 27,380 25,850 22,293
2008 20,551 20,311 23,894 28,686 31,911 29,255 28,610 25,409 25,079 25,728 21,708 20,691
2009 17,600 17,064 21,503 24,970 26,952 26,356 24,004 21,522 21,302 21,265 19,916 19,183
2010 15,348 15,469 21,691 26,688 26,238 25,451 23,100 21,698 21,261 21,883 21,462 20,277
2011 16,004 16,002 21,963 24,378 27,713 27,011 23,528 23,730 22,499 23,077 22,372 21,203
2012 17,980 18,500 24,156 25,989 29,379 25,774 23,921 24,169 22,324 24,658 23,510 21,173
2013 19,320 18,699 23,213 28,891 32,811 27,864 27,599 26,242 24,428 26,281 24,010 22,439
2014 19,922 19,028 24,404 30,530 33,864 30,500 29,070 26,861 26,628 27,795 25,257 24,493
2015 21,126 19,882 26,479 31,450 33,203 31,600 30,562 27,779 27,549 28,374 26,731 26,876
2016 21,980 23,177 29,942 32,435 34,702 34,219 30,122 29,936 28,844 28,561 28,553 26,901
2017 23,383 23,538 30,610 32,748 37,341 35,043 31,480 31,759 30,354 31,081 30,477 27,837
2018 24,501 24,437 30,843 33,127 39,115 36,045 34,099 33,022 30,142 33,344 30,658 28,181
2019 27,277 24,646 30,546 34,656 37,844 34,133 34,370 NA NA NA NA NA
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