Was the Census Bureau able to collect information from Monthly Retail Trade Survey respondents operating within the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Yes. We mailed sales questionnaires to 284 firms in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. 234 firms were able to provide sales data for August, while 264 were able to provide sales data for September. In addition, we mailed inventories questionnaires to 57 firms in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. 51 firms were able to provide August end-of-month inventories, while 55 were able to provide September end-of-month inventories. This is consistent with previous months. Further, many large, regional, and other multi-location firms with reporting offices outside the affected states responded at a normal rate.
For more information, visit the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website.