Monthly retail sales from the US Commerce Department
Every month, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, releases its first calculation of the previous month’s retail sales. At Retail Dive, we will now report these figures by grouping the key segments that define “retail” in a way that we hope is most meaningful to the industry.
We use unadjusted numbers and year-over-year comparisons. And although we of course include e-commerce, captured in the federal report as “nonstore retailers,” readers will note that the government includes sales from businesses not generally thought of as “e-commerce.”
Total sales estimates for key retail sectors
Click on a sector to see its sales over the last 12 months.