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Release Date:
March 16, 2021

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
451211: Book 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 790 539 535 523 552 589 592 894 861 645 642 1,165
1993 998 568 602 583 612 618 607 983 903 669 692 1,273
1994 1,053 635 634 610 684 724 678 1,154 1,022 732 772 1,409
1995 1,308 718 695 688 785 808 782 1,248 1,102 746 850 1,466
1996 1,373 757 743 750 853 838 786 1,359 1,040 899 908 1,599
1997 1,558 825 813 806 894 875 830 1,301 1,158 923 994 1,765
1998 1,463 921 882 854 919 939 881 1,385 1,246 953 990 1,849
1999 1,514 990 976 933 976 1,031 1,023 1,386 1,240 1,019 1,088 1,996
2000 1,505 1,090 1,031 975 1,104 1,122 1,048 1,594 1,406 1,014 1,098 1,892
2001 1,585 1,070 1,062 934 1,070 1,077 1,005 1,820 1,406 1,015 1,098 1,956
2002 1,971 1,000 1,008 966 1,116 1,045 1,038 1,797 1,490 997 1,059 1,950
2003 2,056 991 925 975 1,107 1,181 1,128 2,139 1,572 1,045 1,036 2,064
2004 2,146 1,108 1,073 1,023 1,113 1,207 1,172 2,120 1,561 1,069 1,089 2,200
2005 2,076 1,086 1,101 997 1,120 1,154 1,214 2,218 1,554 1,064 1,151 2,257
2006 2,225 1,101 1,092 987 1,176 1,238 1,135 2,142 1,554 1,054 1,142 2,132
2007 2,220 1,039 1,027 930 1,134 1,161 1,220 2,327 1,578 1,129 1,227 2,179
2008 2,300 1,157 1,026 1,004 1,158 1,073 1,121 2,425 1,471 1,024 1,034 2,008
2009 2,189 970 945 913 1,053 1,040 1,038 2,296 1,522 960 965 1,911
2010 2,150 948 948 858 1,015 1,020 1,003 2,134 1,400 905 978 1,879
2011 1,950 960 881 797 936 902 865 2,142 1,335 751 797 1,400
2012 1,716 821 756 742 887 839 785 1,836 1,097 717 755 1,318
2013 1,658 741 707 664 821 724 706 1,569 1,108 720 744 1,327
2014 1,482 729 683 681 792 700 704 1,700 1,068 726 728 1,332
2015 1,485 687 657 654 752 685 695 1,550 1,066 720 726 1,321
2016 1,427 688 682 672 742 678 654 1,499 1,040 690 720 1,249
2017 1,386 676 695 717 771 689 651 1,378 980 655 663 1,114
2018 1,217 641 659 631 699 638 611 1,226 869 639 665 1,122
2019 1,004 569 587 631 675 594 572 1,088 842 627 618 1,037
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: April 12, 2021