Census Bureau 

MONTHLY RETAIL TRADE SURVEY

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1991 Retail Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios

In millions of dollars

SIC Code Kind of Business                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, NOT ADJUSTED                        
    Jan. 1991 Feb. 1991 Mar. 1991 Apr. 1991 May. 1991 Jun. 1991 Jul. 1991 Aug. 1991 Sep. 1991 Oct. 1991 Nov. 1991 Dec. 1991
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 235,187 235,783 235,151 235,681 234,706 231,666 231,599 232,756 240,556 254,608 258,609 239,478
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 170,218 171,644 173,788 175,090 174,116 172,729 174,666 177,779 184,166 194,666 196,683 176,344
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 121,234 120,328 117,815 117,829 117,974 115,812 113,629 112,168 115,497 120,924 123,344 119,977
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 16,414 16,706 17,246 16,976 17,119 16,906 16,439 16,355 16,202 16,055 16,114 16,099
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 64,969 64,139 61,363 60,591 60,590 58,937 56,933 54,977 56,390 59,942 61,926 63,134
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 17,235 17,029 17,061 17,561 17,492 17,369 17,275 17,337 18,173 19,298 19,416 17,737
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 113,953 115,455 117,336 117,852 116,732 115,854 117,970 120,588 125,059 133,684 135,265 119,501
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 39,316 40,788 42,155 42,544 41,626 41,164 42,457 43,668 46,558 51,330 51,898 42,168
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 31,051 31,954 33,225 33,641 32,808 32,246 33,166 34,058 36,424 40,422 41,028 33,257
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 25,331 24,877 25,205 25,071 25,320 25,344 25,077 24,885 25,091 26,154 26,702 26,045
56 APPAREL & ACCESSORY STORES 17,648 18,833 19,267 19,502 19,218 19,035 19,684 20,644 21,409 22,205 22,372 18,500
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 242,378 240,386 235,661 235,831 236,199 235,524 236,375 237,660 239,622 241,079 240,954 243,211
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 178,333 178,018 176,468 176,760 177,126 177,359 177,520 178,185 179,241 179,570 180,019 182,330
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 122,442 120,453 116,396 116,714 116,570 115,594 116,268 116,956 118,557 118,986 118,344 119,206
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 16,939 16,673 16,599 16,339 16,351 16,446 16,423 16,537 16,550 16,450 16,630 16,718
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 64,045 62,368 59,193 59,071 59,073 58,165 58,855 59,475 60,381 61,509 60,935 60,881
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 17,677 17,776 17,391 17,901 17,885 17,851 17,846 17,655 17,799 17,770 17,603 17,666
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 119,936 119,933 119,265 119,117 119,629 119,930 120,107 120,704 121,065 122,093 122,610 124,005
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 42,980 43,313 42,987 42,898 43,107 43,445 43,750 43,952 44,099 44,529 44,557 45,569
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 33,898 33,814 33,800 33,776 33,893 34,087 34,298 34,437 34,690 35,150 35,097 35,915
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 25,355 25,221 25,374 25,269 25,430 25,494 25,430 25,460 25,372 25,474 25,593 25,580
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 19,740 19,783 19,721 19,739 19,751 19,911 19,567 19,755 20,027 19,879 20,047 20,263
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS NOT ADJUSTED                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.76 1.80 1.54 1.56 1.44 1.48 1.47 1.43 1.61 1.64 1.63 1.30
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.57 1.65 1.45 1.48 1.36 1.40 1.41 1.37 1.56 1.58 1.51 1.12
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 2.72 2.62 2.20 2.12 1.99 2.03 1.97 1.97 2.15 2.22 2.36 2.03
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 2.90 2.94 2.53 2.01 1.88 1.97 1.90 1.94 2.06 1.97 2.23 2.33
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 2.53 2.36 1.91 1.83 1.73 1.75 1.67 1.67 1.79 1.91 2.18 2.29
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 2.56 2.59 2.33 2.42 2.29 2.32 2.24 2.22 2.49 2.54 2.39 1.75
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.28 1.35 1.19 1.23 1.13 1.16 1.18 1.14 1.31 1.33 1.27 0.95
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 3.01 3.04 2.43 2.52 2.21 2.31 2.49 2.26 2.75 2.74 2.23 1.24
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 3.18 3.12 2.48 2.58 2.31 2.41 2.59 2.29 2.83 2.84 2.29 1.27
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.85 0.89 0.79 0.84 0.77 0.79 0.78 0.76 0.84 0.85 0.85 0.80
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 3.09 3.20 2.39 2.54 2.36 2.49 2.63 2.26 2.79 2.79 2.45 1.43
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.61 1.57 1.53 1.52 1.52 1.51 1.51 1.53 1.54 1.56 1.55 1.57
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.46 1.45 1.44 1.42 1.43 1.43 1.42 1.43 1.45 1.45 1.45 1.48
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 2.40 2.24 2.15 2.15 2.14 2.11 2.12 2.17 2.15 2.19 2.18 2.17
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 2.35 2.20 2.23 2.10 2.15 2.14 2.12 2.16 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.16
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 2.23 2.04 1.91 1.91 1.89 1.85 1.87 1.93 1.90 1.98 1.95 1.91
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 2.43 2.36 2.29 2.32 2.30 2.31 2.28 2.28 2.30 2.33 2.33 2.32
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.21 1.21 1.20 1.18 1.18 1.19 1.18 1.19 1.21 1.22 1.21 1.24
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 2.37 2.38 2.32 2.23 2.27 2.31 2.28 2.29 2.33 2.32 2.30 2.39
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.45 2.40 2.39 2.28 2.35 2.40 2.35 2.35 2.41 2.41 2.35 2.49
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.82 0.82 0.81 0.81 0.80 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.82 0.82 0.82 0.83
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.53 2.45 2.44 2.34 2.41 2.45 2.36 2.38 2.48 2.48 2.46 2.54

1/ = Inventory data adjusted for seasonal variations; sales adjusted for seasonal variations, holiday, and trading day differences, but not for price changes.

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Source:
Monthly Retail Surveys Branch, U.S. Census Bureau | Last Revised: May 18, 2000


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