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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 1956
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT.STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES AND AREAS

Federal Reserve Distridt, Area, and City-

Percentage change from corresponding
period a year ago
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Week ending .
Apr. I May 5* May 12*| May 191 May 26
-

United States

+

k

: zj_

+19

+ 6

U

Boston District
Metropolitan Areas
Boston
Downtown Boston
Suburban Boston
Cambridge.
Lynn
Quincy
Lowell
Cities
Springfield
Providence

- 1

1 ^12

+20

+ 2

zA

2 1 -13
2 ! -ii
1
-16
1 . - 8
2 | -18
3 | -16
6 • j -li;

+20
+1U
+33
+19
+30
+28
+17

+ 2
- 2
+ 9
+11
- 3
+ h
+ 7

- 5
-3
- 8
+ 7
- 9
-10
- 5

+20
+20

+10
- 2

- l
- 9

Mass.
||

"

Mass.
R. I.

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




+ 5.
- 6

+ 7
-16

+ 3

rJ

+18

'+ 6

0

N. Y.
N.Y.-N.J.
N. J.
N. Y;

+ 3
+ k
+
K/
+ 111/
+ 5
+ 3

-12
- h
- 5
- h
-12
- 3

+11
+20
+18
>18
+12
+20

+ 1
r+ 6
+11
r+ 5
r+ k
+ .2

+ 1
- 1
- 1
0
+10
- 1

+3

New York District
Metropolitan Areas
Buffalo
New York-N.E.New Jersey.
Newark
New York
,
•
Rochester
Syracuse
Philadelphia District
Metropolitan Areas /
Wilmington
Trenton
Lancaster
Philadelphia
Reading
Scranton
Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton

-

' 6
+

+13

r+8

0

+13
- 2
+ 3
+ 5
+ 5
+ 7
- 2

+20
- 7
+ 3
j +10
- 2
- 8
-16

+21
r+21
+15
0
+16
+ 8
+13
r+ 7
+15 =
+ 7
- 1 ; +23
+ 1
+19

+ 1
- 6
+ k
- 1
- 6
+20
- 2

+20.

+

"

Del.
N.J.
Pa.
i
t

+ 6

- 6

+ 6

"

Ky.
Ohio
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+
+
+
+

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5
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6
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5
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+
3
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+ 1
Pa. ,
+ 7
i
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+11
W.Va.-Ohio * + 5

r+13
-11
+18
-10
r+35 - 5
- 6
+19
+20
-9
+30
-1U
•-10
rll
+.t
j- 6 /V +18
j- $
" +16
+2U
j- 5

-13
+10
+12
+ 5
+15
- 3
-2
+ l
+ 6
+ 7

-7
- 1
+ 1
+ h
+ 5
-10
+ 7
+ l
+ 9
+11

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Page 2
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES AMD AREAS (Continued)

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City

Richmond District
Metropolitan Areas
Washington
Dowito-wn Washington
Baltimore
Richmond
Atlanta District
Metropolitan Areas
Birmingham
Jacksonville
Atlanta
Augusta
•Few 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
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Jan.Week ending
.
Apr.
May 5* I May 1 - - "May 19 [ May 26
2"1
+ 5

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

;- 5

+20

+ 7
- 1
0
+

- 7
-lU
-9
;+ 9

+20
+12

+ $

D. C.
"
Md.
Vau

- 6

+25

+12

+ 5 - 2
+6
+ 6
0
- 8
- U
- 1
+ £
- 7
+2
- 6
+2
-11

+28
+23
+ 9
+31
+37
+31

+12
+15
+10
r+22
+12
+18
+10

+ 8

+22

+ 8

- 1

%

+21*

+ ^
111.
Ind.
Mich.
Wis.

r- 2
r+iU
/ +11

+J

+ U
+ 3
+1.
-4
+ 7
+_5
+
+
+
+

5
5
6
3

-12
- h

0

+27
+31
r+58

+ 1
+

-11

+21

-13

+17
+26
+26

+ u
+ 9
+ U

- 6

- 3

U

+ a

ii

Minn.
+ 3
"
+ f
?
Minn.SifiB. .. +10

-13
— 8

Ark.
Ky.
Mo.
Tenn.

+ 6
+10
+ 2

- 3

+13
+10
+12
+21

- 5

+33

+ 6

+22

+25
+12
+ 9

- 9

-10

- l

-10

0

+2k
+ h

+ 5

-20

+15
+ 1
+ 7
+ 3

+10
+ 9

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H.8b

Page 3
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SAXES - SELECTED CITIES AND AREAS (Continued)
Percentage change from corresponding
period a year ago
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Jan.- |
~ Week ending
Apr, | May 5*} May 12* |May 191 May 26

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City-

Kansas City District
Metropolitan Areas
Denver
Topeka .
Wichita
St. Joseph
Albuquerque
Oklahoma City
Tulsa
City
Joolin
Kansas City
Dallas District
Metropolitan Areas
Dallas
El Paso
Fort Worth
Houston
San Antonio
San Francisco District
Metropolitan Areas
Los Angeles-Long Beach
Downtown Los Angeles
Westside Los Angeles
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco-Oakland
San Francisco City
Oakland City
San Jose
Portland
Salt Lake City
Seattle
Spokane
Tacoma

+ 1
Colo.
Kans.
Mo.
N. Mex.
Okla.

: -11

r+22

+ 7

+
+
+
+
+
+

; -10.
: -11
! -17

r+26
+U2
+25
+ I
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+15
+35
+36

+13
+11
r+ 8
r+lU
+ 2
+15
+15

- +13
+38
-10
"+ 2
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+ 3

+53
+13

0
+ 1

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+ 6

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±_5

+ 9
- 3
+ U
+ 8
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+

0
+38
+ 1
- 5

u

+ 2

8
6
2
1
7
5
3

Mo.

- 3
- 5

Tex.

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+ 8
+ 8
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• -15
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1 "12 r+17
:
-13 r+ 7
: -13 r+25
+29
• -15
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+26
1 -12 r+15
: -11 r+lii
' -12 r+18
+ 3
, - 9
+ 9
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+1U
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+23
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+1U
+21
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1

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+ 9

h

+ 1
- 3
- 8
- 7
+ h
- 2
+ 8
+13
+11
+ 5
• • - 0 .: + ,
- - 3
+ 2
- 1
" 1
+ 3
+16
0
+ 6
+ 3
+ 9
+ 7
+ 8
+11
-10 ' + 7
- 3
- 3

r—Revised.
**—Data not available.
—Comparisons are affected by the fact that -Mother-'sr- Day is one week later this
year than last.
l/ Three months 1956.





Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102