Has the reliability of the Advance Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services Survey sales estimate changed because of the hurricanes?
No, the reliability has not changed substantially. At the national level, reported sales exhibited variation similar to that for prior months. A few individual firms reported large increases or decreases in their sales because of the effects of the hurricanes, but this additional variation was not large enough to affect the reliability of national estimates.
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