of goods by all retail establishments in a country by taking a sampling of a set of retail stores. It does not contain services, so it represents less than half of total consumption. The data are adjusted for seasonal, holiday and trading-day differences between the months of the year. The index reflects the trends among different types of retailers as well.
Additional meaning of Retail Sales Index:
is published around the 12th of the month, the report reflects data from the previous month.