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The retail industry is critical to US economy. According to recently published US data, the retail industry continues to be the second-largest industry in the United States both in number of establishments and number of employees, accounted for over one million establishments, 11.6 percent of total U.S. employment, over 15 million people, and sales’ estimates edging $4.4 trillion. 
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total e-commerce sales for 2012 were estimated at $226.9 billion, an increase of 14.7% from 2011. Total retail trade sales in 2012 increased by 5.1% from 2011. E-commerce sales in 2011 accounted for 5.2% percent of total US retail trade sales. In the past ten years e-commerce growth ranged from 2.6 % to 30.2%. This growth rate is impressive, especially when compared to the moderate to weak traditional retail year over year sales growth in the same time-period (-8.0% to 7.6%). 


 U.S. Retail Trade Sales - Total and E-commerce:  2012-1998 (Estimates in millions)  
Year Total Retail Trade  (TRT) E-Commerce Nonstore Retailers (NSR) E-Comm / TRT NSR / TRT YOY TRT Growth YOY E-Comm Growth
Y2012 4,344,140 226,878 408,475 5.20% 9.40% 5.10% 14.70%
Y2011 4,132,996 197,883 377,871 4.80% 9.10% 7.60% 17.20%
Y2010 3,841,454 168,895 342,041 4.40% 8.90% 5.80% 16.60%
Y2009 3,630,408 144,908 311,891 4.00% 8.60% -8.00% 2.60%
Y2008 3,946,406 141,233 319,283 3.60% 8.10% -1.30% 3.80%
Y2007 3,999,256 136,126 308,767 3.40% 7.70% 3.20% 20.50%
Y2006 3,874,085 112,994 284,343 2.90% 7.30% 5.00% 24.10%
Y2005 3,690,162 91,080 255,579 2.50% 6.90% 6.20% 25.90%
Y2004 3,473,568 72,340 228,977 2.10% 6.60% 6.50% 27.00%
Y2003 3,262,978 56,982 206,359 1.70% 6.30% 4.30% 28.00%
Y2002 3,128,552 44,527 189,279 1.40% 6.10% 2.20% 30.20%
Y2001 3,062,268 34,205 180,563 1.10% 5.90% 2.60% 24.00%
Y2000 2,983,276 27,579 180,453 0.90% 6.00%    
Assembled from: U.S. Census Bureau,  Annual Retail Trade Survey


Here is a list of Retailers and their weekly Ads.  Click on the retailer name to get to their main page and on the Weekly Ad to go to their Ad: Sears: Weekly Ad; K-Mart: Weekly Ad; Home Depot: Weekly Ad; Lowes: Weekly Ad; JCPenny: Weekly Ad; Kohl’s: Weekly Ad; Walgreens: Weekly Ad; CVS: Weekly Ad; Target: Weekly Ad; Wal-Mart: Weekly Ad;



Here is a list of schools, training institutions, universities that offer retail management programs
The Center for Retail Management,Northwestern University; Retail Management Institute, Santa Clara University;  Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University; Bachelor of Science in Business/Retail Management, University of Phoenix; David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research, University of FloridaRetail Manaagement program in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing, Purdue UniversityAssociate Degree in Retail Management at home, at your own pace with Penn Foster College; Retail Management, University of Minnesota .




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