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Release Date:
September 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For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.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)
44000: Retail Trade: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2010 308,299 308,628 316,003 318,707 315,604 314,925 315,632 317,408 320,080 323,900 327,745 329,627
2011 332,357 334,710 338,007 339,884 339,303 341,600 341,373 342,288 345,496 347,924 349,304 349,744
2012 352,862 357,379 358,719 356,849 356,018 352,043 353,891 358,450 361,470 361,991 362,876 364,488
2013 367,009 372,291 369,081 367,514 369,493 371,041 373,554 372,489 372,505 373,663 373,914 377,032
2014 373,033 378,581 382,601 386,689 387,100 388,106 388,359 391,305 389,860 390,506 391,805 388,569
2015 385,648 385,157 391,420 391,356 394,718 395,464 398,193 398,105 396,248 394,503 396,240 397,052
2016 394,749 398,105 396,911 398,190 400,143 404,756 403,730 403,968 405,958 407,395 406,061 412,610
2017 416,081 415,503 414,620 416,889 414,540 416,505 416,744 417,179 426,501 426,933 431,158 433,282
2018 432,148 434,106 433,232 435,610 439,996 438,191 440,703 439,278 438,985 444,038 445,242 434,803
2019 440,751 439,996 447,167 448,709 449,552 450,927 454,012 456,500 452,849 455,486 457,658 458,055
2020 460,586 459,610 434,281 379,892 444,631 475,723 481,303 483,162 493,327 493,991 488,652 484,782
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: September 28, 2021