Apparel Search has utilized data from the USA Census to create the following historical information to help fashion industry researchers learn more about our industry.  The data was retrieved on February 4, 2015

Revisions to the original source data may occur, but we will NOT be updating the charts listed on this page.  If you wish to utilize this information, it is important to keep in mind that the data can possibly be outdated due to potential revisions. 

Monthly Retail Trade Survey for Clothing Stores 1992-2014

Monthly Retail Trade Survey for Clothing Stores 1992-2014 Seasonally Adjusted Graph

Monthly Retail Trade Survey Clothing Stores 92-2014 Data

Monthly Retail Clothing Stores 1992-2014 Line Graph

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.

For information on the reliability and use of the data, including important notes on estimation and sampling variance, seasonal adjustment, measures of sampling variability, and other information pertinent to this economic indicator, go to the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website, which provides time-series Excel files for Sales [XLS, 184kb], and Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios [XLS, 368kb] data.

Estimated measures of sampling variability for totals are expressed as coefficients of variation (CV). Standard errors (SE) are provided for month-to-month change and ratio estimates.

Estimated measures of sampling variability are based on data not adjusted for seasonal variation, and should be used when drawing inferences about both adjusted and not adjusted estimates.

Inventories are only available for the following industries (defined in Box 3 above): 44000, 4400A, 441, 4423X, 444, 445, 448, 452, 4521.

NA = Not available.

(S) = Suppressed.

The Y-axis for the line charts may be truncated to prevent flattening of the lines or to present the complete range of data.

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Apparel Search will not be offering support regarding how to utilize the information outlined above.

Again, future updates to the original data may take place from the government resources that supplied the original statistics.  We will NOT be updating the charts and figures on this page.  You can use this for historical reference only based on the date we retrieved the statistical data for these reports.