Monthly sales by retail channel

Monthly sales history for major home improvement retail channels through August 2007, as reported by the Department of Commerce. Total U.S. sales per channel are given in billions of dollars.

Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, Building Materials Research Institute

Retail sales mixed across the United States Sales at lumberyards, home centers and other home channel retailers fell in August—the total, at $31.27 billion, represented a 0.87 percent drop compared to July, and a dip of 1.04 percent compared with August 2006. On the other hand, sales for all U.S. retail and food services locations for August, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $377.6 billion, an increase of 0.3 percent from July and 3.7 percent above August 2006. Although auto sales helped total sales with a 2.8 percent gain, declining gas prices, down 2.4 percent, offset that.