The Monthly Survey of Trade monitors the behavior of retail trade in the country, by investigating the gross sales revenue of formally established companies (with 20 or more employed persons, and whose main activity is retail trade). The survey was started in January 1995, only in the Metropolitan Area of Rio de Janeiro, with indicators for the real and nominal revenues, employed persons and wages and other compensations. In 1997, the survey was expanded to the Metropolitan Areas of Recife and Salvador. The national coverage was started in 2000, with volume and nominal indicators subdivided into five groups of activities, for Brazil and the states of Ceará, Pernambuco, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Goiás and Federal District. Retail trade indicators for the remaining units of the federation are not subdivided. The series of the survey with base 2003= 100 started in January 2004. The segment "Other articles of personal and household use" was subdivided, initiating the series of indicators for the segments of "Pharmaceutical, medical, orthopedic articles and toiletries and cosmetics", "Office, computer and communication equipment", "Books, newspapers, magazines and stationery articles" and "Other articles of personal and household use". The series 2003=100 expanded the coverage of the indicators including "Vehicles, motorcycles, parts and accessories" and "Construction material" and initiated the index series of the Extended Retail Trade. In 2005, the calculus of the nominal revenue and the volume of sales was commenced (both seasonally adjusted). In January 2012, the new series of the survey started, with the base 2011=100.
Geographic Coverage: Brazil and Federative Units