Survey on Retail Trade


September 6, 2013 – 10:14

Independent butchers ease, while Woolies and Coles lift retail


To provide detailed industry measures of retail company activities. The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this survey and provides for mandatory responses.


Retail companies with one or more establishments that sell merchandise and associated services to final consumers (North American Industry Classification System Sectors 44-45). 1999 was the first year the Annual Retail Trade Survey was collected on a NAICS basis. In 2000, consumers spent more than an estimated $3.0 trillion at retail establishments.


Companies provide data on dollar value of retail sales, sales taxes collected, inventories, method-of-inventory valuation, cost of purchases, and account receivables balances.


Annually since 1951 (except 1954); reported data are for activity taking place over the prior calendar year. Data collection begins the fifth week after the close of the year. New samples are chosen approximately every 5 years and are updated quarterly. Use of the latest sample began in the 1999 survey year.


A mail-out/mail-back survey of about 22, 000 retail businesses with paid employees, supplemented by administrative data to account for nonemployer businesses. The employer sample is drawn from the Business Register, which contains all Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) and listed establishment locations.

Firms are first statified by major kind of business and estimated sales. All firms with sales above applicable size cutoffs are selected into the survey and report for all their retail industry EINs. In a second stage, unselected EINs are statified by major kind of business and sales, and randomly selected from each strata.

The sample is updated quarterly to reflect employer business "births" and "deaths"; adding new employer businesses identified in the Business and Professional Classification Survey and deleting firms and EINs when it is determined they are no longer active. There is about a 9 month delay before new firms can be represented in the sample. To account for births during this interim period, data are imputed for all EINs that go out of business but are still active on the IRS mailing list.


The Annual Benchmark Report for Retail Trade and Food Services is released annually each spring. This report contains estimates of annual sales, per capita sales, gross margins, monthly and year-end inventories, sales/inventory ratios, merchandise purchased, gross margin/sales ratios, and accounts receivable balances for the U.S. by kind of business. Comparable statistics are shown for the previous year, along with year-to-year percentage changes. Monthly data, both seasonally adjusted and unadjusted, for the most recent 10 years are also presented.



Wiley, I can understand your point-of-view but

Let me show you another one.
I have a product and I prefer a DISTRIBUTOR as a customer to a private customer (the end user) even though in return, it generates the least amount of profit per unit.
The advantage in using a distributor is in the QUANTITY of units sold and continuity of it's presence in the marketplace making the product familiar to more people thus generating interest in it.
Distributors provide a service that I am willing to pay for: they have money available to do trade shows, printing expensive trade catalogues, warehousing and a paid sales staff. Retailers can find my product much more easily

H&M dementerar Indien-bromsning  — Dagens Industri
Vi har lämnat in en ansökan i april där vi uppfyller alla krav på Single Brand Retail Trading Policy och inväntar ett besked om godkännande för att fortsätta. Med ett godkännande på plats har vi möjlighet att agera snabbt", meddelar Rosenlind till SIX.

`Sourcing norms not for global ops`  — Zee News
As per the FDI policy for single-brand retail trading, companies with over 51 per cent foreign investment will have to source 30 per cent of the value of goods from India, preferably from MSMEs, village and cottage industries, artisans and craftsmen ..

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