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Surveys and Programs Contributing to Sales, Receipts, Shipments, or Production

Annual economic surveys cover selected sectors of the U.S. economy and feature industry and geographic statistics that supplement those published in the economic census. Data are available at the national level, and in some cases, for states, metro areas and counties. These surveys provide interim information that is critical for understanding changes in the nation's economic structure and performance.


Annual Business Survey (ABS) Program
Provides annual data on select economic and demographic characteristics of employer businesses, including annual R&D estimates.


Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS)
The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) produces industry-level estimates of sales, expenses, and other items for the retail sector in the U.S. each year.


Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)
Provides estimates of number of firms, sales/receipts, annual payroll, and employment by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.


Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS)
AWTS is conducted every year to provide detailed industry measures of sales, inventories, operational expenses and purchases for wholesale trade activities.


Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)
CFS is a joint project of Census and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics producing data on the movement of goods in the United States.


Current Industrial Reports (CIR)
Provided monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity for many years.


E-Commerce Statistics (E-STATS)
Provides e-commerce statistics for manufacturing, merchant wholesale trade, retail trade, and selected service industries.


Manufacturers' Shipments Inventories, & Orders
Provides monthly estimates on current economic conditions and indications of future production commitments in the manufacturing sector.


Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders (M3UFO) Survey
M3UFO information is used benchmark the new and unfilled orders information published in the monthly Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) Survey, which is an economic indicator survey based on a panel of domestic manufacturers.


Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC)
Provides quarterly estimates on the rates of capacity utilization for the U.S. manufacturing and publishing sectors.


Service Annual Survey (SAS)
Provides estimates of revenue and other measures for most traditional service industries.


Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB)
Provides detailed annual data for U.S. business establishments by geography, industry, and enterprise size.


Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons (SBO)
Provides estimates on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses & business owners by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.

Page Last Revised - November 20, 2021
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