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United States: annual retail industry sales 2002-2021

Total retail sales in the United States amounted to 4.06 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020, up from around 3.81 trillion U.S. dollars in the previous year. Retail establishments come in many forms such as grocery stores, restaurants, and bookstores. There are around four million retail establishments in the United States.

Leading companies in U.S. retail

The domestic retail market in the United States is very competitive, with many companies recording substantial retail sales. Walmart, a retail chain offering low prices and a wide selection of products, is the leading retailer in the United States. Amazon, The Kroger Co., Costco, and Target are a selection of other leading U.S. retailers.

American retailers worldwide

Many of the world’s leading retailers are American companies. Walmart and Amazon are examples of American retailers doing business on a global scale. The success of U.S. retailers can also be seen through their performance in online retail. Amazon is a prime example of this, with the company’s sales revenue flourishing over the previous years.

Retail industry sales in the United States from 2002 to 2021

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Release date

February 2021


United States

Survey time period

2002 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Reflects February 17, 2021 Census revisions.
** Average based on NRF's forecast retail sales of 4.33 to 4.4 trillion U.S. dollars.

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