Census Bureau 

MONTHLY RETAIL TRADE SURVEY

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1999 Retail Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios

In millions of dollars

SIC Code Kind of Business                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, NOT ADJUSTED                        
    Jan. 1999 Feb. 1999 Mar. 1999 Apr. 1999 May. 1999 Jun. 1999 Jul. 1999 Aug. 1999 Sep. 1999 Oct. 1999 Nov. 1999 Dec. 1999
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 336,512 342,856 353,713 358,384 354,644 353,723 347,208 350,417 362,926 383,076 394,282 367,062
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 237,486 240,160 246,176 248,834 247,279 246,439 248,912 253,835 264,164 281,142 286,296 255,161
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 182,932 187,516 194,654 198,818 196,646 196,112 187,271 186,535 191,201 201,155 208,040 203,192
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 26,322 27,675 28,942 29,564 29,493 28,876 28,406 28,239 27,998 28,439 28,204 28,205
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 99,026 102,696 107,537 109,550 107,365 107,284 98,296 96,582 98,762 101,934 107,986 111,901
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 24,307 24,204 24,347 25,034 24,450 24,547 24,973 25,155 26,199 28,563 29,541 25,899
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 153,580 155,340 159,059 159,566 157,998 157,611 159,937 163,882 171,725 181,921 186,242 163,870
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 55,496 56,940 58,899 59,535 58,959 57,650 58,439 60,472 65,217 71,269 73,850 58,451
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 45,453 46,496 48,264 48,739 48,270 46,971 47,685 49,259 52,982 58,160 60,674 47,446
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 30,264 29,833 30,165 29,772 29,842 30,044 30,055 30,172 31,086 32,518 33,228 32,600
56 APPAREL & ACCESSORY STORES 23,253 24,685 25,410 25,390 24,945 25,043 25,842 26,301 27,067 28,417 28,524 23,617
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL INVENTORIES, TOTAL 346,158 347,792 352,287 354,480 356,160 360,166 359,060 361,854 363,134 363,553 368,079 372,252
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 249,039 249,045 250,465 251,277 252,285 253,785 253,616 255,633 256,812 258,577 260,699 264,001
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 185,402 186,926 190,241 192,207 193,505 196,472 195,601 197,054 197,581 197,333 199,811 202,474
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 27,305 27,620 27,856 28,129 28,250 28,310 28,463 28,669 28,599 28,872 29,076 29,380
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 97,119 98,747 101,822 103,203 103,875 106,381 105,444 106,221 106,322 104,976 107,380 108,251
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 25,426 25,478 25,178 25,389 25,284 25,543 25,666 25,642 25,711 25,756 25,913 26,187
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 160,756 160,866 162,046 162,273 162,655 163,694 163,459 164,800 165,553 166,220 168,268 169,778
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 60,128 60,150 60,847 60,914 61,086 60,899 60,759 61,319 61,470 61,749 62,671 62,797
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 49,352 49,098 49,757 49,784 49,917 49,705 49,569 49,958 50,078 50,399 51,332 51,127
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 30,042 30,180 30,284 30,130 30,415 30,580 30,698 30,918 31,322 31,536 31,578 31,791
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 25,894 26,122 25,797 25,803 25,823 26,141 25,688 25,510 25,296 25,260 25,468 25,924
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS NOT ADJUSTED                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.61 1.61 1.45 1.48 1.39 1.40 1.36 1.36 1.48 1.53 1.53 1.17
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.50 1.53 1.38 1.39 1.31 1.34 1.33 1.35 1.45 1.48 1.44 1.01
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 2.16 2.09 1.85 1.92 1.80 1.77 1.71 1.69 1.84 1.96 2.00 1.69
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 2.46 2.42 2.03 1.79 1.67 1.68 1.72 1.79 1.83 1.86 1.89 1.99
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 1.93 1.84 1.62 1.73 1.62 1.58 1.47 1.42 1.56 1.66 1.83 1.88
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 2.03 2.09 1.90 2.08 1.96 1.92 1.91 1.86 1.98 2.16 1.98 1.31
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.23 1.27 1.14 1.15 1.09 1.11 1.10 1.12 1.21 1.23 1.21 0.85
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 2.32 2.29 2.03 2.06 1.90 1.92 1.99 1.97 2.24 2.29 2.02 1.08
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.45 2.39 2.13 2.15 1.98 2.02 2.09 2.06 2.34 2.41 2.11 1.09
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.84 0.88 0.81 0.81 0.77 0.80 0.75 0.79 0.82 0.84 0.87 0.74
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.90 2.92 2.40 2.34 2.22 2.37 2.40 2.19 2.52 2.53 2.30 1.30
  INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED 1/                        
  RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL 1.45 1.44 1.45 1.45 1.44 1.46 1.44 1.43 1.43 1.43 1.43 1.42
  TOTAL (EXCL. AUTOMOTIVE GROUP) 1.38 1.37 1.38 1.37 1.36 1.37 1.36 1.36 1.35 1.35 1.35 1.35
  DURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.86 1.85 1.88 1.89 1.87 1.90 1.86 1.85 1.86 1.85 1.84 1.85
52 BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP STORES 1.87 1.81 1.90 1.89 1.90 1.92 1.91 1.92 1.95 1.92 1.86 1.89
55 EX 554 AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 1.64 1.65 1.69 1.71 1.68 1.72 1.66 1.64 1.66 1.65 1.66 1.65
57 FURNITURE GROUP STORES 1.98 1.96 1.92 1.93 1.91 1.91 1.92 1.89 1.87 1.86 1.88 1.86
  NONDURABLE GOODS, TOTAL 1.15 1.15 1.15 1.14 1.13 1.14 1.13 1.13 1.12 1.12 1.13 1.12
53 GENERAL MERCHANDISE GROUP STORES 1.95 1.95 1.95 1.96 1.96 1.94 1.93 1.93 1.92 1.93 1.95 1.93
531 DEPT. STORES (EXCL. LEASED DEPTS.) 2.04 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.04 2.02 2.01 2.01 2.00 2.02 2.04 2.01
54 FOOD GROUP STORES 0.81 0.80 0.81 0.80 0.80 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.82 0.81 0.79
56 APPAREL AND ACCESSORY STORES 2.32 2.35 2.33 2.29 2.27 2.32 2.29 2.25 2.24 2.23 2.26 2.29

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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