October 27, 2021
Advance estimates for September 2021 retail and food service sales in the United States, adjusted for seasonal variation, holidays and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $625.4 billion, up 0.7 percent (±0.5 percent) from the previous month and 13.9 percent (±0.7 percent) higher than September 2020.
Total sales increased 14.9 percent (±0.7 percent) from July to September 2021 compared to the same period the previous year. The percentage change from July 2021 to August 2021 was amended from 0.7 percent (±0.5 percent) to 0.9 percent (±0.2 percent).
Retail trade sales increased by 0.8 percent (±0.4 percent) in August 2021, and were up 12.2 percent (±0.7 percent) over the previous year. From September 2020 to September 2021, gasoline stations increased by 38.2 percent (±1.6 percent), while food services and drinking establishments increased by 29.5 percent (±3.7 percent).
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