How does the Monthly Retail Trade Survey account for businesses affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Large companies with multiple locations are asked to report total U. S. sales and inventories for all retail locations, including locations in the affected areas. Most companies located in the affected areas had no difficulty reporting this month. MRTS accounts for missing data through its imputation procedure. This procedure makes use of data from companies that report both July and August data.
For more information, visit the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website.