Census Bureau 

MONTHLY RETAIL TRADE SURVEY

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1998 Retail Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios

In millions of dollars

SIC Code Kind of Business                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, NOT ADJUSTED                        
    Jan. 1998 Feb. 1998 Mar. 1998 Apr. 1998 May. 1998 Jun. 1998 Jul. 1998 Aug. 1998 Sep. 1998 Oct. 1998 Nov. 1998 Dec. 1998
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 321,626 326,764 334,503 337,968 330,466 326,605 323,348 325,275 338,672 358,224 366,381 337,861
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 225,620 229,052 235,452 238,142 234,939 235,244 238,910 242,534 252,003 266,585 270,103 238,083
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 173,931 177,266 181,172 183,569 178,218 174,161 167,962 167,152 172,996 183,644 190,186 184,111
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 24,226 25,498 26,415 26,773 26,228 26,052 25,668 25,826 25,782 26,047 25,942 25,885
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 96,006 97,712 99,051 99,826 95,527 91,361 84,438 82,741 86,669 91,639 96,278 99,778
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 23,137 23,115 23,729 24,262 23,779 23,662 24,160 24,339 25,268 27,633 28,692 24,893
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 147,695 149,498 153,331 154,399 152,248 152,444 155,386 158,123 165,676 174,580 176,195 153,750
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 54,849 56,284 57,787 58,368 56,981 56,641 57,856 59,339 64,104 69,960 71,092 55,862
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 45,188 46,481 47,770 48,167 46,943 46,517 47,715 48,888 52,561 57,298 58,320 45,476
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 29,179 28,592 29,060 29,105 28,853 29,108 29,141 28,910 29,275 30,428 31,250 30,339
56 APPAREL & ACCESSORY STORES 22,097 23,135 24,420 24,508 24,072 24,252 25,522 26,259 27,630 28,812 28,448 23,252
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 330,854 331,537 333,756 334,933 332,404 333,131 334,043 334,878 337,819 338,726 341,165 343,197
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 236,788 237,756 239,858 240,705 239,816 242,460 243,526 244,095 244,592 244,540 245,518 246,625
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 176,009 176,466 177,445 177,852 175,676 174,760 175,248 175,992 178,277 179,702 182,257 183,630
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 25,105 25,498 25,448 25,498 25,147 25,541 25,719 26,246 26,308 26,417 26,717 26,935
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 94,066 93,781 93,898 94,228 92,588 90,671 90,517 90,783 93,227 94,186 95,647 96,572
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 24,151 24,306 24,615 24,682 24,590 24,648 24,907 24,785 24,724 24,850 25,168 25,170
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 154,845 155,071 156,311 157,081 156,728 158,371 158,795 158,886 159,542 159,024 158,908 159,567
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 59,516 59,563 59,681 59,727 59,023 59,773 60,131 60,099 60,428 60,615 60,355 60,053
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 49,117 49,134 49,247 49,200 48,545 49,172 49,600 49,532 49,680 49,652 49,382 49,004
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 28,971 28,953 29,179 29,425 29,410 29,628 29,735 29,621 29,488 29,507 29,702 29,587
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 24,634 24,507 24,817 24,907 24,945 25,342 25,395 25,469 25,822 25,543 25,377 25,524
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS NOT ADJUSTED                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.62 1.68 1.52 1.50 1.40 1.39 1.39 1.40 1.52 1.52 1.57 1.20
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.50 1.57 1.45 1.43 1.34 1.37 1.37 1.38 1.51 1.51 1.49 1.04
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 2.17 2.21 1.94 1.93 1.78 1.68 1.71 1.75 1.86 1.89 2.08 1.70
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 2.46 2.59 2.12 1.84 1.66 1.65 1.69 1.83 1.80 1.78 2.00 1.97
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 2.00 1.98 1.70 1.71 1.57 1.44 1.45 1.47 1.57 1.58 1.88 1.87
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 1.99 2.12 2.02 2.17 2.04 1.99 1.97 1.93 2.09 2.22 2.08 1.36
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.25 1.30 1.21 1.19 1.12 1.16 1.16 1.16 1.29 1.27 1.25 0.89
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 2.51 2.47 2.24 2.14 1.96 2.06 2.14 2.06 2.43 2.40 2.06 1.13
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.66 2.60 2.36 2.23 2.04 2.17 2.26 2.15 2.55 2.51 2.12 1.14
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.83 0.89 0.83 0.82 0.77 0.81 0.77 0.78 0.82 0.82 0.86 0.75
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.90 2.92 2.56 2.36 2.31 2.46 2.52 2.30 2.82 2.66 2.39 1.36
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.49 1.49 1.49 1.48 1.46 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.46 1.45 1.45 1.45
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.41 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.40 1.41 1.40 1.40 1.40 1.39 1.39 1.38
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.92 1.94 1.93 1.89 1.86 1.82 1.87 1.88 1.87 1.84 1.86 1.85
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 1.92 1.94 1.94 1.92 1.88 1.90 1.89 1.93 1.92 1.90 1.91 1.88
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 1.75 1.76 1.73 1.68 1.65 1.58 1.66 1.68 1.67 1.63 1.65 1.64
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 1.97 1.97 2.00 2.02 1.99 1.98 1.98 1.96 1.96 1.95 1.95 1.94
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.19 1.18 1.19 1.19 1.17 1.18 1.18 1.18 1.18 1.17 1.16 1.16
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 2.11 2.09 2.09 2.08 2.04 2.06 2.07 2.06 2.05 2.05 2.01 2.01
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.21 2.18 2.18 2.17 2.11 2.15 2.17 2.16 2.14 2.13 2.09 2.07
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.82 0.81 0.81 0.82 0.82 0.82 0.82 0.81 0.81 0.80 0.81 0.79
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.37 2.34 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.41 2.38 2.41 2.48 2.39 2.34 2.35

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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