RETAIL SALES AND TRANSPORTATION DEMAND

RETAIL SALES AND TRANSPORTATION DEMAND

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Advance Retail Sales (monthly data, seasonally adjusted)

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Advance retail sales are a leading indicator of retailers' sales expectations and may suggest future demand for commercial transportation services. Retail stores may require faster and more reliable delivery of shipments as consumer demand increases and inventories are maintained at lower levels.

Advanced Retail Sales Jun-02 Jul-02
Advanced retail sales (millions of dollars) 272,410 275,649
Advanced retail sales percent change from same month previous year    1.48    1.19

NOTE: Advance retail sales are advance estimates of monthly retail trade produced by the Bureau of the Census. The advance estimates are based on a small subsample of the Census Bureau's full retail sales sample.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector Statistics Division, as of August 13, 2002, available at: http://www.census.gov/svsd/www/adseries.html.