Question: Where can I find historical and current statistics on retail sales?
According to the U.S. Census, "the "Retail Trade" sector comprises establishments engaged in retailing merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. The retailing process is the final step in the distribution of merchandise; retailers are, therefore, organized to sell merchandise in small quantities to the general public".
Go to the Virtual Business Library's Economic and Statistical Information section for links to useful resources including links to the following suggested resources.
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets: Provides current and historical data. You can browse by subject. Choose the Retail Trade and Food Services tab under Industry, Business and Commerce or run a full text search.
Passport: Research data including: market data & forecasts, economic indicators, and more. Choose Industries, Services, Retailing or run a full text search.
You may want to consult the following sources:
U.S. Census Bureau website, Guide to Data Sources for Retail Trade from the U.S. Census Bureau
National Retail Federation website.