Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Monthly Retail Trade Survey sample revision?

The Census Bureau periodically redesigns and reselects the samples for its business surveys to reflect the results of the latest Economic Census. The Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MRTS) is being revised to reflect the 2002 Economic Census of Retail Trade and more recent data from the Business Register. This ensures that our sample is representative of the current retail industry. Revising the sample also allows the Census Bureau to redistribute the burden of reporting for small and medium sized companies. Our new sample was first canvassed with the 2005 Annual Retail Trade Survey. For further information on the sampling process, please see the MRTS technical documentation.

For more information, visit the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website.


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