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MONTHLY RETAIL TRADE SURVEY

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1997 Retail Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios

In millions of dollars

SIC Code Kind of Business                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, NOT ADJUSTED                        
    Jan. 1997 Feb. 1997 Mar. 1997 Apr. 1997 May. 1997 Jun. 1997 Jul. 1997 Aug. 1997 Sep. 1997 Oct. 1997 Nov. 1997 Dec. 1997
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 311,024 317,162 320,165 323,871 320,931 317,862 315,523 315,222 328,151 347,226 352,348 324,222
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 218,181 221,541 224,142 227,289 226,730 224,754 228,473 229,948 240,992 255,331 257,675 226,635
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 168,956 173,097 174,563 176,698 174,908 173,059 167,555 165,340 170,342 179,919 183,368 176,778
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 22,662 23,297 24,492 24,933 25,042 24,646 24,173 23,818 24,263 24,445 24,032 23,884
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 92,843 95,621 96,023 96,582 94,201 93,108 87,050 85,274 87,159 91,895 94,673 97,587
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 24,027 23,733 23,713 23,674 23,846 23,562 23,942 23,784 24,803 27,158 27,716 23,885
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 142,068 144,065 145,602 147,173 146,023 144,803 147,968 149,882 157,809 167,307 168,980 147,444
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 53,794 55,398 56,368 57,514 56,986 56,018 56,856 57,849 62,358 67,607 68,957 54,933
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 43,609 45,141 46,159 47,092 46,636 45,798 46,392 47,308 50,987 55,645 56,986 45,320
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 28,594 28,051 28,347 28,100 28,012 28,063 27,954 28,145 28,708 29,664 30,370 29,469
56 APPAREL & ACCESSORY STORES 20,491 21,701 22,194 22,830 22,542 22,367 23,621 24,222 25,580 27,175 26,952 22,252
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 319,929 321,834 319,982 321,523 322,784 324,100 326,268 324,792 327,606 328,313 327,947 329,542
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 229,017 230,139 228,700 230,093 231,410 231,709 232,952 231,279 233,829 233,868 233,887 235,005
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 170,836 172,197 171,311 171,621 172,546 173,655 175,048 174,249 175,633 176,197 175,689 176,349
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 23,460 23,320 23,641 23,791 24,010 24,163 24,197 24,181 24,758 24,767 24,699 24,827
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 90,912 91,695 91,282 91,430 91,374 92,391 93,316 93,513 93,777 94,445 94,060 94,537
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 25,028 24,930 24,624 24,182 24,660 24,544 24,785 24,220 24,198 24,379 24,291 24,151
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 149,093 149,637 148,671 149,902 150,238 150,445 151,220 150,543 151,973 152,116 152,258 153,193
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 58,440 58,726 58,308 58,918 58,959 59,051 59,006 58,481 58,763 58,507 58,551 59,137
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 47,453 47,768 47,685 48,151 48,178 48,361 48,174 47,834 48,146 48,177 48,293 48,889
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 28,386 28,401 28,473 28,382 28,524 28,538 28,519 28,838 28,941 28,796 28,897 28,739
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 22,869 23,013 22,555 23,225 23,360 23,421 23,527 23,494 23,907 24,027 24,000 24,426
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS NOT ADJUSTED                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.63 1.68 1.49 1.54 1.43 1.46 1.42 1.40 1.54 1.57 1.60 1.23
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.51 1.58 1.41 1.46 1.35 1.39 1.39 1.36 1.51 1.52 1.49 1.06
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 2.23 2.24 1.97 2.00 1.88 1.88 1.80 1.78 1.92 2.00 2.18 1.78
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 2.48 2.54 2.13 1.87 1.71 1.76 1.73 1.84 1.83 1.83 2.09 2.07
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 1.99 1.97 1.72 1.78 1.68 1.67 1.54 1.52 1.64 1.71 2.02 2.00
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 2.31 2.39 2.17 2.24 2.14 2.17 2.12 2.01 2.19 2.32 2.13 1.39
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.23 1.30 1.15 1.21 1.11 1.15 1.15 1.13 1.27 1.27 1.25 0.90
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 2.59 2.60 2.22 2.38 2.10 2.15 2.23 2.08 2.54 2.45 2.11 1.19
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.72 2.72 2.30 2.48 2.19 2.25 2.34 2.15 2.64 2.56 2.18 1.21
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.83 0.88 0.79 0.83 0.76 0.81 0.76 0.77 0.84 0.83 0.86 0.77
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.89 2.95 2.32 2.60 2.29 2.42 2.53 2.20 2.68 2.67 2.37 1.36
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.49 1.49 1.48 1.49 1.52 1.50 1.49 1.48 1.49 1.49 1.48 1.49
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.41 1.41 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.41 1.41 1.39 1.40 1.40 1.40 1.40
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.97 1.95 1.94 1.96 2.03 1.97 1.96 1.93 1.95 1.97 1.94 1.93
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 1.95 1.90 1.91 1.94 1.97 1.96 1.95 1.95 1.97 1.97 1.97 1.95
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 1.75 1.73 1.73 1.75 1.82 1.77 1.75 1.73 1.75 1.78 1.75 1.74
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 2.25 2.19 2.15 2.10 2.13 2.11 2.13 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.02 1.98
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.17 1.17 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.17 1.17 1.16 1.17 1.17 1.17 1.17
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 2.16 2.17 2.17 2.18 2.18 2.16 2.13 2.10 2.13 2.09 2.09 2.11
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.23 2.25 2.25 2.26 2.26 2.25 2.21 2.18 2.21 2.17 2.17 2.20
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.82 0.81 0.81 0.81
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.33 2.36 2.32 2.40 2.40 2.36 2.34 2.32 2.36 2.38 2.35 2.36

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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