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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
H.8b

FOR BMEDIATE
April 27, 1956
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES' AND AREAS

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City.

Percentage change from corresponding
period a year ago 1/
on retail dollar amounts)
Jan.Week ending
Feb.
Mar, 311 Apr. 7 |Apr. 'rih |Apr 21

United SV-tss
Boston District
Metropolitan Areas
Boston
Downtown Boston
Suburban Boston
Cambridge
Lynn
Quincy
Lowell
Cities
Springfield
Providence' -

0
- 1
+ .3
+ 2
- i
i

+1U

-Ik
-16
-10

- 9

-16
-15
-W

+12
- 1

+12
+ k

-16
-21

- 2

R. I.

Philadelphia District
Metropolitan Areas
;
Wilmington
^ Del.
Trenton
N. J.
Lancaster
Pa,
Philadelphia
"
Reading
»
Scranton
»
Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton
"




+11

+ 3
+19
+ 5
+i*9
+25
+11

New York District
Metropolitan Areas
Buffalo
N. Y.
New York-N.E.New Jersey N.Y.-N.J.
Newark
N. J.
New York
N. Y.
Rochester
"
Syracuse
»

Cleveland District
Metropolitan Areas
Lexington
Akron
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Springfield
Toledo
Erie
Pittsburgh
Wheeling-Steubenville

-15
-16

+ 7

-lit
+ k
+ 6
+ 8
+ 3
+ 3
+11

-lk
-lk
-lk
-13
- 7
-19

- 1
o
+ 6
+ 8
+ 7
+10
- 7

- 6

+ 9
+23
+ 3
+12
+ 9
+ 9
+ 9
+ 2

-lk

Pa.
W.Va.-Ohio

+ 1
+ 6

+ 7
+ 3
+12
+17

-2k
-27
-12
-17
-13
-21

-20

+ 9
Ky.
Ohio

- 2

+ 9
+ 5
+10
+11
+1 k
- 1
+15
- 2
- 2

-27 •
'
-16
-25
-2k
-2k
-25
-27
r-19
-lk
-16

r+20

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WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES AMD AREAS (Continued)

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City

Richmond District
Metropolitan Areas
Washington
Dovmtoivn Washington
Baltimore
Richmond
Atlanta District
Metropolitan Areas
Birmingham
Jacksonville
Atlanta
Augusta
Nev: Orleans
Knoxville
Nashville
City
Tampa
Chicago District
Metropolitan Areas
Chicago
^Indianapolis
"Detroit
Milwaukee
St^Louis District
Metropolitan Areas
Little Rock
Louisville
St. Louis
Memphis
Minneapolis District
Cities
Minneapolis
St, Paul
Duluth-Superior




Percentage change from corresponding
period a year, ago 1/
(Eased on retail dollar amounts)
Jan.Week ending
Feb.
Mar. 31 (Apr. 7 |Apr. 14 |Apr. 21
±1

Md.
' Va.

Ala.
Fla.
Ga.
La.
Tenn.
Fla.

-16

+11

+11
0
+ k
+ 7

-10
-16
-2U
-17

r+11
r+ 8
+19
+ 3

+ 9

D, C.

+_8

+10
0
- 2
+ 9

+12

-Ih

0

- 6

+12
+ 6
+ 6
+ 3
+29
+18
+ 3

-17
-19
-12
- 8
-17
-21
-29

8
1
5
8
0
0
+ 8

- 8
-19
0

+ 7
+1U
+ 3
- 1
+ 8
+ 2
+ h

.

+
rr

- 3
+

5
8
2
5

- h

- 9

Ark.
Mo.
Tenn.

+ 9

+ 5

- 6

- 7

0

-10

+_5

- 1

k
1
7
3

-11
-lU
- 2
- 3

+12
+11
+ 1
- 9

+ 2
+ 1
.0
- 7

+ 7

111.
Ind.
Mich. •
Wis.

+11
+ 6

+_g

-16

+ 9

- 8

+10
+ 5
+ 8
+ h

+16
+ 7
+ 1
+15

- 9
-20
-16
-21

+15
+ 9
+11
+ 7

-26
- 2
- 9
- 5

+
+
+
.
+

6
5
6
9

+
+
+

+ 6
Minn.
"

Minn. & Wis.

- 6

-17

+lh

+ 2

+ 7
+ 8
+ 8

- 6
- 9
+ 1

-15
-19
-29

+ 5
+30
+26

+ h
- 8
+27

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H.8b

WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES AND AREAS (Continued)

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City

Percentage change from corresponding
period a year ago 1/
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Week ending
Jan.—
Apr. II4 |Apr0 21
Mar. 311 Apr* 7 |
Feb.

Kansas City District
Metropolitan Areas
Denver
Topeka
Wichita
St. Joseph
Albuquerque
Oklahoma City
Tulsa
City
Kansas City

+ 3

+1

Mo.
N. Mex.
Okla.
1
1

+11
+ 7
+ 1
+10
+ k
+ 7
+ 1

+17
+ h
. + 7
+ 6
+23
+ 3
+16

• -18
-15
-19
-33
> -25
— 6
-16

+19
+ 5
r- 7
+ 5
+16
+ k
+ L

+ 6
• +i
t
- 3
- 7
+lU
+ 2
+18

Mo,

- 1

- 6

-18

- 9

-lit

+_6

+17

Tex.
1
1

+
+
+
+
+

+22
+25
+2^
+16 .
+ h

-15
-13
-27
-lU
-18

- 5
+lii
+13
+ 6
- 1

+ 1
-12
-18
+ 3
-10 .

+12

217

+ 7

+ 6

+ i.
" + 2
+ 6
+37
+18
+21
+20
+20
+ 5
0
+18
+27
+ 3
+21

-18
-30
-12
-28
r-12
r-23
-23
-20
-25
- 9
-22
- 9
-20
-19

+ 5
- 5..
+ 5
+ a
+10
+10
+ 8
+13
+10
+ 6
+ 8
+lk
+12
+15

- 1
- 3
0
+U6
+11
+15
+15
+ 9
+22
0
+ 5
•
+ 6
+16 +11

Dallas District
Metropolitan Areas
Dallas
El Paso
Fort Worth
Houston
San Antonio

Colo.
Kans.

"

San Francisco District
Metropolitan Areas
Los Angeles-Long Beach Calif.
Downtown Los Angeles
Westside Los Angeles
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco-Oakland
San Francisco City
Oakland City
San Jose
Portland
Ore,
Salt Lake City
Utah
Seattle
Wash.
1
1
Spokane
Tacoma
"

h
1
6
9
2

+_5
0
*
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

0
5
9
h
5
2
8
1
3
1
h
3

-16

.

+ 3

- 2

+J±

r—Revised.
*—Data not available*
1/ During March and April changes from a year ago reflect in part the fact that last
year Easter was on April 10 while this year it was on April 1. For thic reason it
is estimated that in comparison with last year an allowance should be made for an
increase in sales of about I. per cent for the month of March as a whole and a cor4
responding decrease for the month of April, These allowances apply to the figures
for the United States.
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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102