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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDEnAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
, April: 20, 1956

H.8b

WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES AND AREAS

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City

' Percentage change from corresponding
•period a year ago 1/
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
•
Week ending
Jan.
w
Feb.

+ 9

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

Cleveland District
Metropolitan Areas
Lexington
Akron
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Springfield
Toledo
Erie
Pittsburgh
Digitized forWneeling-Steubenville
FRASER



+11

+ 1

-28

+ 8

-16

+1U

0
- 1
+ 3
+ 2

-29
-27

i -15
-23
-j6
l.
-25

+ 8
+ 3
>19
+ 5
+U9
+25
+11

-1U
-16
r-10
- 2
r-16
-15

+10
+10
+ 9
-13

- 2
- 9

Mass.

+12
- 1

-19
-Uo

+12
+ h

-16
-21

+__6

- 6

±1

r-lU •

+21

+ b

+12
-11
-17
-10 .
+19
+11

+ h'
+ 6
+ 8
+ 3
+ 3
+11

-lU
-1U.
r-lU
-13
-7
-19

+30
+19
+10
+20
+19
+17

- b

Mass.
R. I.

New York District
Metropolitan Areas
N. Y.
Buffalo
New York-N.E.New Jersey N.Y.-N.J.
N. J.
Newark
N. Y.
New York
Rochester
Syracuse
Philadelphia District
Metropolitan Areas
Vvilmington
Trenton
Lancaster
Philadelphia
Reading
Scranton
Mlkes-Barre—Hazleton

+_7

+ 9

+ 9
+ 5
+ 8
+ 6
+

Del.
lM. J.
Pa.

9

+23
+ 3
+12

+ 9
+ 9
+ 9

+ 2
U .
Ky.
Ohio

Pa.
w.Va.-Ohio

+ 1
+ 6
+ 5
+ 8
+ 8
+ 7
+ 3
+12
+17
+ 8

' -3b .

-bo

- f
+ b
+19

+11"
+33

-1U

+2U—

- 6
-27
-12
-17
r-13
-21

+21
+37
+ 9
+26
+20
+29
0

+_5

-20

lik

+ 8
+ 9
+ 5
+10
+11
+1U
- l
r+15
- 2
- 2

-27
-16
-25

- 7
+ 6
+33
+12
+38
- 7
+ 5
+25
+11
+ U

0

+ 6

+11
- 7\
+ 3
- 3
+ 5
+12
+ 7

-- 1
0
+ 6
+ 8
+ 7
+10
- 7

+20
+15
i +20
+23
+27
+ 26
+30
+18
+12
+13
+15

'

-2b

. -2k
-2b

-25
-27
-18
-lU
-16

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

Federal Reserve District, Area, and City

Richmond District
Metropolitan Areas
Washington
Dov.-ntovm Washington
Baltimore
Richmond. ,
Atlanta District
B etrbpolitan Areas
Birmingham
Jacksonville
Atlanta
Augusta
New Orleans
Knoxyille .
Nashville
City
Tampa
Chicago District
Metropolitan Areas
Chicago
Indianapolis
Detroit
Milwaukee
St. Louis District
Metropolitan Areas
Little Jtock
Louis vi 12s
. St, Louis
.
Memphis
Minneapolis District
Cities
Minneapolis
St. Paul
Duluth-Superi o r




Percentage change from corresponding
period a year ago 1/
.(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Jan.tieek ending
Feb.
Mar. 2k | I i r 311 Apr. 7 |Apr. Ik
va.

—

+ 7

+10

+ 8

-16

+11

D. C.

+10
0
- 2
+ 9 . .

+12
+ 7
+11
+ 8

+11
0
+ k
+ 7

-10
r-16

+12
+ 9
+19
+ 3

L±

+12

+12

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

+16
+13
+ 7
~ 6
+15
+15
+27

"

Md.
Va.

•ia
tl.
Fla.
Ga.
La.
Tenn.
Fla.

r-2b

' -17 r-lU

- +12
-17
+ 6 . -19
+ 6
-12
+ 3
r- 8
+29
r-17
+18
-21
r+ 3
-29

_o
+
+

8
l
5
7
1

+ 8

j
|

+ 5

+ 9

+ 5

1A
111.
Ind.
Mich.
is.

+11

i
! ±il

0

-10

*Jr

h

-11

Minn. & "Wis.

+ 23
+27
+ 8
+16

+
+
+

1
7
3

- 2
- 3

+12
+11
+ 1
- 9

+25

j_5

-16

+ 9

+10
+ 5
+ 8
+ k

+17
+21
+30

+rit

+16
+ 7
+ 1
+15.

- 9
-20
-16
-21

+15
+ 9
+11
+ 7

+ 6
Minn.

6
5
6
9

+ 7
Ark.
Ky.
Mo.
Tenn.

+
+
+
+

+13

- 6

zil

+1U

+ 7
+ 8
+ 8

+13
+11
1 +19

- 6
- 9
+ 1

-15
-19
-29

+ 5
+30
+26

-Ik

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Page 3
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES - SELECTED CITIES ATiD AREAS (Continued)

Federal Reserve'District, Area, and City

Kansas City District
Metropolitan Areas
Denver
Topeka
Wichita
St. Joseph
Albuquerque
Oklahoma City
Tulsa
City
Kansas City
D-llas District
Metropolitan Areas
Dallas
El Paso
Fort Worth
Houston
San Antonio

Percentage change from corresponding
period a year ago 1/
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Jan.Week ending
' Feb.
Mar. 241 Mar. 311 Apr. 7 I Apr. Ik
+ 3

"
1
1
"
"

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

.

+3

+17

-18
-15
r-19
-33
-25
- 6
-16

+19
+ 5

+ 7
+ 6
+23
+ 3
+16

+21,

- 6

-18

- 9

+12

+17

r-lU

+Ji

+ b

Tex.

r-16

+ 6

Mo.

+ 5

+21
+35
+11
+10
+25
+21
+ 20

- 1

Mo.
N. Mex.
Okla.

+19

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

Colo*
Kans.

. + 7
+17
+21
+ 8
+13

+22
+25
+25
+16

-15
-13
-27
/ -18

-5
+11*
+13
+ 6
- 1

+
+
+
+

1
6
>•
2

*.h

+

-lb

- 6

+ 5
+ b
+ i
t

+_5

+_7

+12

-17

+ 7

0
- 5
0
+ 5
+ 9
+ U
+ 5
+ 2
+ .
6
- 1
•+ 3
+ 1
+;u
+ 3

+ 3
-2
+ 6
+15
+1U
+ 7
+ 8
+ 5
+ 9
+12
+12
+ 6
+ 'U
+ 9

r+ 5
- r+ 2
+ 6
r+37
+18
+21
+20
r+20
+ 5
0
+18
+27
'.+-3
+21

-18
-30
. -12
-28
-13
-22
-23
-20
-25
- 9
-22
- 9
-20
-19

+ 5
- 5
+ 5
+ 2
+10
+10
+ 8
+13
+10
+ 6
+ 8
+1U
+12
+15

,
/

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 this reason it
is estimated that in comparison with last year ah. allowance should be made for an
increase in sales of about U per cent for the month of March as a whole and a corresponding decrease for the month of April. These allowances apply to the figures
for the United States. -




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