Advance Estimates of U.S. Retail and Food Services
Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for March 2019, adjusted for seasonal variation
and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $514.1 billion, an increase of 1.6
percent (±0.5 percent) from the previous month, and 3.6 percent (±0.7 percent) above March 2018. Total
sales for the January 2019 through March 2019 period were up 2.9 percent (±0.7 percent) from the same
period a year ago. The January 2019 to February 2019 percent change was unrevised from down 0.2
percent (±0.2 percent)*.
Retail trade sales were up 1.7 percent (±0.5 percent) from February 2019, and 3.5 percent (±0.5 percent)
above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 11.6 percent (±1.4 percent) from March 2018, while sporting
goods, hobby, musical instrument, and book stores were down 9.7 percent (±2.5 percent) from last year.
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