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The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December 2011, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $400.6 billion, an increase of 0.1 percent (±0.5%)* from the previous month and 6.5 percent (±0.7%) above December 2010. Total sales for the 12 months of 2011 were up 7.7 percent (±0.4%) from 2010. Total sales for the October through December 2011 period were up 7.0 percent (±0.5%) from the same period a year ago. The October to November 2011 percent change was revised from +0.2 percent (±0.5) to +0.4 percent (±0.2%).

Retail trade sales were virtually unchanged (±0.5%) from November 2011 and 6.3 percent (±0.7%) above last year. Nonstore retailers sales were up 10.6 percent (±2.5%) from December 2010 and gasoline stations sales were up 8.9 percent (±1.7%) from last year.


The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today
(TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010) that the estimate of U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the second quarter of 2010, adjusted for seasonal variation, but not for price changes, was $39.7 billion, an increase of 2.6 percent (±1.2%) from the first quarter of 2010. Total retail sales for the second quarter of 2010 were estimated at $971.4 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent (±0.5%) from the first quarter of 2010. The second quarter 2010 e commerce estimate increased 14.0 percent (±3.0%) from the second quarter of 2009 while total retail sales increased 7.5 percent (±0.5%) in the same period. E-commerce sales in the second quarter of 2010 accounted for 4.1 percent of total sales.

According to the
U.S. Census Bureau (2009), total e-commerce sales for 2008 were estimated at $133.6 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent (±1.8%) from 2007. Total retail sales in 2008 decreased 0.6 percent (±0.4%) from 2007. E-commerce sales in 2008 accounted for 3.3 percent of total sales. In the past eight years this trend has been consistent with a growth range of 4.6 % to 32.6%. This growth rate is impressive, especially when compared to the moderate to weak traditional retail year over year sales growth in the same time-period (-0.6% to 6.5%). Further, the total number of “brick and mortar” retail establishments decreased by 0.7% from 1997 to 2002, but the number of non-store retailers increased by 23.5% (U.S. Census, 2002)

Internet Retailer identified top 10 US E-Retailers in sales volume as follows:

Rank Company Web Sales Volume Rank Company Web Sales Volume
1 Amazon.com Inc. $19.2 B 6 OfficeMax Inc. $3.1 B
2 Staples Inc. $7.7 B 7 Sears Holding Corp. $2.7 B
3 Dell Inc. $4.8 B 8 CDW Corp. $2.6 B
4 Office Depot Inc. $4.8 B 9 Newegg.com $2.1 B
5 Apple Inc. $3.6 B 10 Best Buy $2.0 B

Source: Internet Retailer Top 500 Retail Web Sites





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