Sept 2016 US Census Bureau Food Services and drinking places research

Every month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce releases data from the U.S. Census Bureau around retail and food sales.  On Friday, October 14th, the U.S. Census Bureau released the September numbers.  For most of this year, overall numbers for restaurant sales have been positive, although business at chain restaurants has been down.

September was another positive story, with sales up at food services and drinking places by 6.1%.


Here’s a look at more of the story.  For the full statistics, the September snapshot is here.

From the U.S. Census Bureau News:

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $459.8 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month, and 2.7 percent (±0.9%) above September 2015.

Total sales for the July 2016 through September 2016 period were up 2.4 percent (±0.5%) from the same period a year ago. The July 2016 to August 2016 percent change was revised from down 0.3 percent (±0.5%)* to down 0.2 percent (±0.2%)*.

Retail trade sales were up 0.6 (±0.5%) from August 2016, and up 2.2 percent (±0.7%) from last year. Nonstore retailers were up 10.6 percent (±1.6%) from September 2015, while Food services and drinking places were up 6.1 percent (±3.3%) from last year.

The advance estimates are based on a subsample of the Census Bureau’s full retail and food services sample. A stratified random sampling method is used to select approximately 4,700 retail and food services firms whose sales are then weighted and benchmarked to represent the complete universe of over three million retail and food services firms. For an explanation of the measures of sampling variability included in this report, please see the Reliability of Estimates section on the last page of this publication.

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