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Release Date:
October 16, 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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
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
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 346,189 346,787 354,608 357,270 354,015 354,127 354,579 356,747 359,299 363,522 367,345 369,249
2011 371,798 375,056 378,471 380,773 380,282 383,197 382,790 383,946 387,709 389,921 391,589 391,837
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
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
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 17, 2019