Was the Census Bureau able to collect information from Advance Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services Survey respondents operating within the affected areas?
Yes. In Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, 92 firms responded with sales data. Over the previous six months, we received between 88 and 103 reports from these states. In Texas, we received 201 reports with sales data. This compares to a usual range between 185 and 201 in the previous six months. Further, many large, regional, and other multi-location firms with reporting offices outside the affected states responded at a normal rate and included sales data for stores, both open and closed, located in the affected areas. For the entire survey, we received 3,162 responses this month, which compares favorably to the six-month range of 3,061 to 3,199.
For more information, visit the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website.