U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before March 8, 2011.
Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Timothy Winters, U. S. Census Bureau, Room 8K181, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233-6500, (301) 763-2713.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Monthly Retail Trade Survey provides estimates of monthly retail sales, end-of-month merchandise inventories, and quarterly e-commerce sales of retailers in the United States by selected kinds of business. Also, it provides monthly sales of food service establishments. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses this information to prepare the National Income and Products Accounts and to benchmark the annual input-output tables. Statistics provided from the Monthly Retail Trade Survey are used to calculate the gross domestic product (GDP).
Estimates produced from the Monthly Retail Trade Survey are based on a probability sample. The sample design consists of one fixed panel where all cases are requested to report sales, e-commerce sales, and/or inventories each month. The sample, consisting of about 12,000 retail businesses, is drawn from the Business Register, which contains all Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) and listed establishment locations. The sample is updated quarterly to reflect employer business “births” and “deaths”; adding new employer businesses identified in the Business and Professional Classification Survey and deleting firms and EINs when it is determined they are no longer active.
Listed below are the series of retail form numbers and a description of each form:
|SM-44(06)S||Non Department Store/Sales Only/WO E-Commerce.|
|SM-44(06)SE||Non Department Store/Sales Only W E-Commerce.|
|SM-44(06)SS||Non Department Store/Sales Only/Screener.|
|SM-44(06)B||Non Department Store/Sales and Inventory/WO E-Comm.|
|SM-44(06)BE||Non Department Store/Sales and Inventory/W E-Comm.|
|SM-44(06)BS||Non Department Store/Sales and Inventory/Screener.|
|SM-45(06)S||Department Store/Sales Only/WO E-Commerce.|
|SM-45(06)SE||Department Store/Sales Only/W E-Commerce.|
|SM-45(06)SS||Department Store/Sales Only/Screener.|
|SM-45(06)B||Department Store/Sales and Inventory/WO E-Commerce.|
|SM-45(06)BE||Department Store/Sales and Inventory/W E-Commerce.|
|SM-45(06)BS||Department Store/Sales and Inventory/Screener.|
|SM-72(06)S||Food Services/Sales Only/WO E-Commerce.|
|SM-20(06)I||Non Department and Department Store/Inventory Only.|
II. Method of Collection
We collect this information by mail, fax, and telephone follow-up.
OMB Number: 0607-0717.
Form Number: SM-44(06)S, SM-44(06)SE, SM-44(06)SS, SM-44(06)B, SM-44(06)BE, SM-44(06)BS, SM-45(06)S, SM-45(06)SE, SM-45(06)SS, SM-45(06)B, SM-45(06)BE, SM-45(06)BS, SM-72(06)S, and SM-20(06)I.
Type of Review: Regular submission.
Affected Public: Retail and Food Services firms in the United States.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000.
Estimated Time per Response: 7 minutes.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,000.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: The cost to the respondents for fiscal year 2010 is estimated to be $406,140.
Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Section 182.
IV. Request for Comments
Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Dated: January 3, 2011.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-67 Filed 1-6-11; 8:45 am]
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