With December 2021 sales just in, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) posted more than $6.4 billion in sales during calendar year 2021.
This reflected a 7.87-percent rebound from calendar year 2020’s more than $5.9 billion in activity.
Although military resale sales success is based on fiscal year monthly sales figures and totals for the February through January time frame, calendar year totals — from January to December — can be at least interesting to examine along with the fiscal year figures.
BY THE NUMBERS
Coming off the pandemic-impacted 2020, AAFES’s sales figures from January 2021 to December 2021 reflect the overall rebound that the military exchanges made during 2021.
AAFES began the year slowly, as did just about all of the exchange services, registering sales declines in both January 2021 (-12.1 percent) and February 2021 (-10.9 percent) leading to an overall two-month sales decline for the first two months of the calendar year (-11.46 percent), pretty much reflecting the previous months of pandemic sales woes that the Exchange experienced.
But in March 2021, things began to look up, and the sales increase that AAFES experienced during that month (+7.7 percent) pretty much set the tone for the rest of the calendar year, where monthly sales increases often went into the double digits.
However, calendar-year-wise, it was not until the sales figures for April 2021 were tallied that the Exchange’s sales finally moved onto the plus side of the ledger (+1.16 percent), and from there, there was no turning back.
With just one more month to go in fiscal year 2021, the prosperity AAFES experienced during the calendar year has carried over to the fiscal year.
With only January 2021 yet to be tallied, AAFES has registered more than $6 billion in sales, a better than 9-percent increase from the prior fiscal year.
AAFES CALENDAR YEAR 2021 MONTHLY SALES
MONTH CALENDAR YEAR 2021 CALENDAR YEAR 2020 % DIFFERENCE
January $400,642,008 $455,681,299 -12.1%
February $428,564,308 $480,809,670 -10.9%
March $620,372,252 $575,797,627 +7.7%
April $493,397,546 $408,479,642 +20.8%
May $508,636,795 $444,240,495 +14.5%
June $627,576,677 $565,950,271 +10.9%
July $486,348,948 $443,945,593 +9.6%
August $490,874,038 $450,037,391 +9.1%
September $600,016,104 $549,344,214 +9.2%
October $489,015,211 $426,971,605 +14.5%
November. $562,967,754 $498,547,291 +12.9%
December. $694,201,909 $635,611,494 +9.2%
Total $6,402,613,550 $5,935,416,592 +7.9%
*Source: AAFES Monthly Flash Sales