Retail market in the United States - statistics & facts

Retail is a broad term that describes the process of selling goods or offering services to consumers via various channels directly and mainly in smaller quantities, rather than large orders. “Retailers”, i.e., sellers or merchants, attempt to make end users aware of and interested in their products and services, in order to make a profit. Over the last few decades, total retail sales numbers in the United States have grown considerably, going from just under two trillion U.S. dollars in 1993 to over 5.5 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020. Retail sales had been stagnant in 2020, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; however, the U.S. retail market is expected to recuperate in subsequent years and is projected to grow at the rate of 3.8 percent in 2022.

Retail e-commerce

U.S. e-commerce retail sales have likewise grown significantly in recent times: over the past decades, the country’s e-commerce trade value has increased by more than 500 billion U.S. dollars. With a retail e-commerce market share of about 40 percent in 2020, and with net e-commerce sales in excess of 100 billion U.S. dollars, Amazon is undoubtedly the leading enterprise on the American market. Other popular online stores in 2020 included walmart.com, apple.com, and macys.com.

Amazon vs. Walmart

While Amazon was the leading online retailer, Walmart was the top U.S. retailer overall in 2020. The company generated an estimated 431 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of retail sales in the United States, which was more than double the amount generated by Amazon.com that year. Founded by Sam Walton in Arkansas in the sixties, Walmart is one of the largest retail corporations in the United States and the world.

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Retail market in the United States - statistics & facts

Retail is a broad term that describes the process of selling goods or offering services to consumers via various channels directly and mainly in smaller quantities, rather than large orders. “Retailers”, i.e., sellers or merchants, attempt to make end users aware of and interested in their products and services, in order to make a profit. Over the last few decades, total retail sales numbers in the United States have grown considerably, going from just under two trillion U.S. dollars in 1993 to over 5.5 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020. Retail sales had been stagnant in 2020, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; however, the U.S. retail market is expected to recuperate in subsequent years and is projected to grow at the rate of 3.8 percent in 2022.

Retail e-commerce

U.S. e-commerce retail sales have likewise grown significantly in recent times: over the past decades, the country’s e-commerce trade value has increased by more than 500 billion U.S. dollars. With a retail e-commerce market share of about 40 percent in 2020, and with net e-commerce sales in excess of 100 billion U.S. dollars, Amazon is undoubtedly the leading enterprise on the American market. Other popular online stores in 2020 included walmart.com, apple.com, and macys.com.

Amazon vs. Walmart

While Amazon was the leading online retailer, Walmart was the top U.S. retailer overall in 2020. The company generated an estimated 431 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of retail sales in the United States, which was more than double the amount generated by Amazon.com that year. Founded by Sam Walton in Arkansas in the sixties, Walmart is one of the largest retail corporations in the United States and the world.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 34 most important statistics relating to "Retail market in the United States".

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