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Release Date:
April 25, 2022

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
4521: Department 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 10,306 11,251 12,917 13,461 14,286 13,354 13,101 14,783 13,323 14,961 18,128 27,218
1993 11,164 11,300 13,411 14,245 15,110 14,345 14,348 15,461 14,478 15,971 19,064 28,788
1994 11,666 12,160 15,196 14,901 15,504 15,622 15,036 16,426 15,248 16,680 20,226 30,280
1995 12,260 12,603 15,448 15,729 16,337 16,399 15,922 17,050 15,981 16,574 21,138 30,479
1996 12,299 13,768 15,808 15,957 17,454 16,655 15,768 17,932 16,092 17,462 21,389 31,619
1997 13,463 14,077 17,084 16,180 18,118 17,259 16,673 18,633 16,229 18,259 22,114 32,019
1998 13,887 14,640 16,616 17,544 18,581 17,234 16,908 18,362 16,467 18,211 22,164 32,676
1999 14,480 15,239 17,851 17,704 18,935 17,955 17,549 18,510 17,383 18,513 22,213 33,972
2000 14,728 15,413 17,867 18,184 18,976 18,156 17,353 18,742 17,269 18,016 23,454 34,317
2001 15,153 15,220 17,229 17,969 18,535 17,841 17,025 19,083 16,676 17,800 22,954 32,892
2002 14,536 15,102 17,916 17,156 18,339 17,449 16,449 18,307 15,831 17,523 21,076 31,059
2003 13,970 14,357 16,371 16,375 17,570 16,639 16,385 18,182 15,669 17,319 20,818 30,815
2004 14,053 15,157 16,440 16,697 17,467 16,282 16,454 17,203 15,985 17,446 20,724 31,783
2005 14,218 14,943 16,601 16,666 16,947 17,150 16,323 17,199 15,506 17,456 21,171 31,086
2006 14,033 14,800 16,490 16,811 17,005 16,706 16,025 16,997 15,781 16,675 21,167 30,665
2007 14,119 14,441 16,534 16,091 16,924 16,307 15,653 17,283 15,254 16,354 20,878 29,554
2008 13,214 14,291 15,765 14,947 16,640 15,883 15,142 16,425 13,868 15,392 19,420 27,249
2009 12,651 12,869 14,058 14,575 15,380 14,202 14,171 15,338 13,506 14,973 18,276 26,584
2010 12,298 12,819 14,632 14,183 14,922 14,273 13,955 14,709 13,520 14,387 18,416 26,641
2011 11,895 12,857 14,178 14,513 14,484 14,719 13,901 14,675 13,598 14,264 18,035 26,242
2012 11,430 13,169 14,448 13,579 14,111 13,909 13,145 14,710 13,123 13,482 17,610 24,597
2013 11,314 12,045 13,922 12,559 14,033 13,334 12,606 14,154 12,513 13,330 16,909 23,841
2014 10,624 11,631 13,283 13,119 14,039 13,028 12,746 14,196 12,171 13,211 16,855 23,875
2015 10,836 11,250 13,199 12,354 13,704 12,595 12,605 13,726 12,095 13,040 16,460 23,210
2016 10,166 11,054 12,563 11,653 12,254 12,316 11,871 12,756 11,426 11,945 14,889 21,307
2017 9,460 9,973 11,683 11,495 11,854 11,595 11,329 12,155 10,866 11,143 14,836 20,265
2018 9,122 9,664 11,464 10,552 12,003 11,154 10,970 12,076 10,361 10,990 14,612 19,110
2019 8,669 9,094 10,593 10,393 11,237 10,568 10,772 11,726 9,685 10,381 13,312 18,225
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: May 16, 2022