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Release Date:
June 15, 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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
4541: Electronic Shopping and Mail-order Houses: 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 2,692 2,285 2,484 2,506 2,483 2,602 2,665 2,673 2,932 3,436 3,922 4,530
1993 3,057 2,739 3,299 2,962 2,791 2,667 2,621 2,895 3,280 3,869 4,955 5,542
1994 3,532 3,141 3,898 3,619 3,464 3,296 3,097 3,597 3,812 4,309 5,254 6,018
1995 3,939 3,341 4,121 3,650 3,943 3,710 3,568 4,080 4,357 5,021 6,113 6,837
1996 4,549 4,226 4,703 4,566 4,563 4,250 4,442 4,586 4,875 5,816 6,676 7,854
1997 5,042 4,577 5,594 5,491 5,304 5,204 5,198 5,165 6,080 6,693 7,029 8,690
1998 5,794 5,455 6,528 6,096 6,111 5,977 6,115 6,056 6,711 7,483 8,156 9,815
1999 6,491 6,391 7,595 7,128 6,925 7,222 6,964 7,514 8,033 8,552 9,604 11,863
2000 8,087 8,074 9,425 8,409 8,692 8,865 8,229 9,297 9,442 10,324 11,388 13,558
2001 9,343 8,333 9,710 8,898 9,214 8,908 8,727 9,551 8,420 10,118 10,903 12,624
2002 9,912 8,925 9,670 9,684 9,713 8,969 9,478 9,845 9,678 10,738 11,412 14,190
2003 10,568 9,654 10,403 10,415 10,322 10,185 10,511 10,641 11,253 12,099 12,162 16,091
2004 11,989 11,260 12,621 12,030 11,706 11,840 11,655 12,540 12,412 13,030 14,604 18,470
2005 13,209 12,317 14,154 13,352 13,639 13,634 13,107 14,910 14,318 15,022 16,922 21,316
2006 15,811 14,531 17,046 15,024 16,071 15,795 14,768 16,897 16,050 17,497 19,037 23,724
2007 17,540 16,118 18,040 16,927 18,053 17,211 17,617 18,523 17,206 19,574 21,583 25,289
2008 18,651 17,399 17,984 18,676 18,621 18,128 18,591 18,127 18,547 19,067 18,998 26,453
2009 18,178 16,779 18,458 17,894 17,773 18,638 18,569 18,697 19,164 19,739 22,000 29,736
2010 19,565 18,419 21,629 20,385 20,021 21,027 19,875 21,602 21,327 21,388 25,275 32,975
2011 22,221 20,666 23,815 21,954 23,133 23,110 21,664 24,422 23,446 24,090 29,238 36,938
2012 24,739 24,201 25,943 24,432 26,383 25,035 25,015 27,379 25,451 27,483 32,753 39,841
2013 27,941 25,052 27,022 27,101 27,712 25,814 27,064 27,921 26,932 28,297 32,099 43,208
2014 27,448 25,691 29,045 29,021 29,435 29,345 29,988 29,992 30,474 31,993 35,452 49,007
2015 30,782 29,038 33,086 32,544 32,195 32,731 33,439 33,043 33,617 34,579 40,175 53,731
2016 33,185 33,412 37,093 35,558 37,054 36,951 35,788 38,436 37,178 37,679 46,358 58,586
2017 38,052 35,946 41,809 39,263 42,741 41,563 40,747 43,216 40,572 42,697 53,300 64,733
2018 43,214 40,773 46,305 45,010 48,316 45,401 47,139 48,791 45,116 49,928 60,257 63,539
2019 48,247 45,102 48,892 50,717 54,534 50,993 54,429 54,036 51,205 56,772 62,651 79,511
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: July 01, 2022