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From the Census Department’s Retail Trade Report:

Notice of Revision: Monthly retail sales estimates were revised on April 30, 2015 based on the results of the 2013 Annual Retail Trade Survey and the preliminary results from the 2012 Economic Census . The Annual Revision of Monthly Retail and Food Services showing revised estimates can be found on our website at

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $436.8 billion, virtually unchanged (±0.5%)* from the previous month, but 0.9 percent (±0.9%)* above April 2014. Total sales for the February 2015 through April 2015 period were up 1.5 percent (±0.7%) from the same period a year ago. The February 2015 to March 2015 percent change was revised from +0.9 percent (±0.5%) to +1.1 percent (±0.2%).

Retail trade sales were down 0.1 (±0.5%)* from March 2015, and 0.1 percent (±0.7%)* below last year. Food services and drinking places were up 8.5 percent (±3.3%) from April 2014 and nonstore retailers were up 6.3 percent (±1.9%) from last year.

Chart of Retail Sales Growth

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Revisions to the prior two month’s reporting included a change of 0.26% for March , and a change of -0.07% for February .
See below.

Total sales volume fell by $4 billion
, with the biggest contributors being:

  • Food Services & Drinking Places sales rose by $354 billion
  • Nonstore Retailers sales rose by $324 billion
  • Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers sales fell by $316 billion
  • General Merchandise Stores sales fell by $300 billion

These are shown graphically in the bar chart below.

Chart of Retail Sales Components

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Chart of Revisions to Retail Sales

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Revisions to Prior Months

Retail Sales for March were
revised up by $1,082 billion , changing that month’s reported increase of 0.86% to an increase of 1.12% .

February sales were revised down by $265 billion , changing that month’s reported decrease of 0.46% to a decrease of 0.53% .

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