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Release Date:
October 15, 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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
44X72: Retail Trade and Food Services: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 164,095 164,213 163,721 164,709 165,612 166,077 167,257 167,800 169,400 170,625 171,003 173,105
1993 175,108 173,744 172,306 176,749 178,426 178,157 180,743 180,707 181,773 182,884 184,747 186,399
1994 185,142 188,074 191,579 191,639 190,929 193,130 193,743 196,163 197,765 199,571 199,731 200,702
1995 201,573 198,399 200,247 201,032 202,986 205,500 204,920 206,521 207,006 206,176 208,664 210,399
1996 208,699 212,008 213,891 214,676 216,299 216,068 216,332 216,358 219,256 221,060 220,963 221,991
1997 223,481 225,422 226,161 224,615 222,929 226,057 228,703 229,309 230,312 229,836 230,440 231,181
1998 231,587 231,684 233,083 235,986 237,075 238,971 237,411 236,379 238,550 242,549 244,291 246,530
1999 246,868 249,520 250,667 252,477 254,735 255,449 257,456 260,230 261,317 261,818 264,965 269,863
2000 268,044 272,020 275,192 271,046 271,394 273,422 272,630 272,918 277,548 276,927 276,029 275,791
2001 278,834 278,773 276,450 280,808 281,496 280,401 279,504 281,413 276,084 294,540 287,111 283,705
2002 283,508 285,054 284,262 288,833 284,951 287,372 290,385 292,650 288,410 289,576 291,484 293,947
2003 295,248 291,167 296,325 295,600 296,410 299,626 302,747 307,809 305,933 304,809 308,527 307,407
2004 309,254 311,393 316,912 313,512 318,964 314,958 318,549 318,977 324,569 326,740 327,836 331,874
2005 328,696 333,026 333,581 336,583 334,522 343,998 346,576 343,307 343,956 344,097 347,325 347,405
2006 357,331 354,706 355,665 357,423 356,704 357,879 359,006 360,691 358,961 358,462 359,266 363,730
2007 363,616 364,006 367,158 366,187 370,934 368,154 369,614 371,358 372,869 375,289 378,860 374,298
2008 375,236 371,833 372,745 372,572 376,036 376,455 375,038 372,284 366,729 352,950 339,350 332,091
2009 336,929 335,576 329,747 331,352 334,256 339,883 340,517 346,668 338,507 341,654 344,375 346,072
2010 345,959 346,895 354,379 357,365 354,299 353,763 354,665 356,810 359,465 363,340 367,455 369,135
2011 372,057 375,092 378,582 380,508 380,353 383,140 382,889 384,006 387,509 390,086 391,541 391,608
2012 395,720 400,329 401,661 400,214 399,331 395,585 397,567 402,162 405,555 405,699 407,396 409,026
2013 412,155 417,159 414,092 412,237 414,309 415,742 418,604 417,644 417,849 419,599 420,658 423,362
2014 418,947 425,005 429,658 433,826 434,640 435,816 436,442 439,680 438,842 440,164 441,536 439,077
2015 436,482 435,847 442,487 443,095 446,529 447,343 450,350 450,521 448,635 447,262 449,121 450,792
2016 447,794 452,342 450,830 452,430 454,443 459,052 458,060 458,771 461,324 462,770 462,407 468,061
2017 473,484 472,995 471,999 474,363 472,010 473,768 473,959 474,703 484,385 485,059 490,007 492,401
2018 491,492 493,759 493,373 495,025 500,719 499,631 502,962 501,913 500,362 506,010 506,973 496,593
2019 502,724 502,627 510,320 512,326 513,870 515,911 519,447 521,833 518,605 521,114 522,805 523,862
2020 526,930 525,810 480,407 409,819 484,295 526,187 533,517 537,980 548,856 550,038 542,583 535,972
2021 576,466 559,970 623,119 628,751 620,119 625,405 615,250 620,850 NA NA NA NA
Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services (Definitions)
44X72: Retail Trade and Food Services: 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 146,376 147,079 159,336 163,669 170,068 168,663 169,890 170,364 164,617 173,655 171,547 208,838
1993 153,221 150,087 170,439 176,456 182,231 181,535 183,682 183,318 177,406 182,737 187,443 224,540
1994 161,349 162,841 192,319 189,569 194,927 197,946 193,355 202,388 193,954 197,956 202,520 241,111
1995 175,344 172,138 201,279 196,039 210,478 211,844 203,411 214,248 202,122 204,044 212,190 247,491
1996 185,019 192,380 212,110 211,718 226,936 217,511 218,111 226,062 209,250 222,663 223,953 258,081
1997 200,389 197,556 225,133 220,329 234,190 227,365 231,521 235,252 222,807 232,251 228,284 271,054
1998 207,853 203,863 230,313 234,503 245,027 244,067 241,431 240,462 231,243 244,234 240,991 288,969
1999 218,126 220,650 253,550 250,783 262,113 260,918 262,051 265,089 253,905 258,040 264,106 317,659
2000 236,422 250,580 279,515 264,417 283,706 281,288 271,146 283,944 269,155 270,899 276,507 319,958
2001 250,746 247,772 280,449 274,925 296,013 287,881 279,098 294,763 261,924 291,596 287,537 326,202
2002 255,598 253,086 285,261 284,747 300,402 288,854 295,433 307,256 273,189 287,540 290,705 337,006
2003 268,328 259,051 293,693 294,251 312,389 300,998 309,923 317,056 293,890 304,036 301,265 357,577
2004 281,460 282,444 319,077 315,191 328,408 321,044 328,000 326,317 313,524 319,726 324,259 387,155
2005 293,261 295,062 339,141 335,632 345,348 350,945 351,827 355,701 333,289 336,134 343,798 405,608
2006 318,546 314,051 361,993 351,667 373,560 366,615 362,203 375,795 346,214 348,796 356,928 417,991
2007 328,877 323,162 374,142 358,535 391,512 376,639 372,354 388,016 353,936 368,681 377,802 426,077
2008 342,639 343,893 372,907 368,920 397,956 378,507 383,726 382,862 350,542 349,847 335,545 384,236
2009 310,188 299,412 328,526 329,854 347,728 344,405 348,071 353,392 324,646 338,610 339,363 400,281
2010 314,557 310,925 360,679 356,333 365,605 358,604 361,939 362,627 345,999 355,209 365,828 426,663
2011 335,587 337,314 387,088 380,775 391,999 388,700 384,682 394,609 375,025 379,482 391,220 451,821
2012 355,184 372,401 414,149 392,949 418,608 400,975 396,026 417,922 385,609 399,400 411,065 462,102
2013 375,468 373,974 421,748 408,551 437,214 414,816 422,532 435,215 396,415 415,942 424,095 477,362
2014 383,488 380,454 433,052 431,598 459,441 433,458 443,498 451,663 421,628 438,697 439,344 502,208
2015 398,555 388,766 446,581 439,993 465,244 450,172 459,960 458,313 432,898 446,746 446,334 518,656
2016 401,911 415,093 460,910 451,121 470,116 464,721 462,004 471,690 448,516 453,155 467,232 539,667
2017 421,943 418,315 483,082 465,788 494,621 481,729 475,374 490,324 469,710 476,014 497,748 558,215
2018 444,286 435,373 508,383 480,373 527,991 507,106 505,209 520,544 477,137 503,602 518,457 556,614
2019 456,538 442,274 513,845 506,920 544,203 515,269 528,710 541,951 493,076 522,195 532,130 587,471
2020 480,301 478,467 478,267 407,227 504,607 532,678 549,416 545,307 530,987 553,114 543,273 611,429
2021 517,119 490,646 633,078 625,527 643,099 635,437 634,486 631,060 NA NA NA NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 22, 2021