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BOARD OP GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
November 9 , 1959
RETAIL FURNITURE REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 1959
Instalment and charge accounts r e c e i v a b l e a t f u r n i t u r e
s t o r e s a t the end of September were about unchanged from August
l e v e l s . Collections on instalment accounts were 12 p e r cent of
the amount outstanding a t t h e beginning of the month.
T o t a l n e t s a l e s a t r e p o r t i n g s t o r e s declined 5 p e r cent
during September f r e f l e c t i n g decreases i n both cash and c r e d i t
s a l e s . Reported s a l e s t h i s year through September were 9 per
cent above a year e a r l i e r .
F u r n i t u r e Store S t a t i s t i c s f o r September 1959

Item

^

Percentage change from:
J a n . - S e p t . 195d
to
Month Year
ago
ago J a n . - S e p t . 1959

Net s a l e s during month
Total
Cash
•Instalment
Charge account

-5
-5
-5
-6

+ 6
+ 5
+ 5
+14

+ 9
+ 8
+ 9
+13

Accounts r e c e i v a b l e
Total
In s ta lme n t
Charge account

+1
0
+1

+ 8
+ 5
+14

XXX
XXX

a t end of month

Sept.
1959
Collection r a t i o s on Instalment accounts l /

12

Aug.
1959
12

XXX

Sept.
1958

/-

12

l / C o l l e c t i o n s during month a s percentage of accounts outstanding a t
beginning of month.




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- 2 RETAIL FURNITURE STORES - SEPTEMBER 1959
S a l e s by Type of T r a n s a c t i o n
( P e r c e n t a g e changes)
Total net sales
Month
Year
ago
ago

Federal
Reserve
District
Boston
Hew York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas C i t y
;
Dallas
San F r a n c i s c o J

Cash s a l e s
Year
Month
ago
ago

Instalment
sales
Year
Month
ago
ago

Charge-account
sales
Month
Year
ago
ago

+ 1
+ 3
+12
0
+ 5
+ 2
+15
+11
+ 6
+ 7
+ 2
+ 6

+ 1
+ 6
+ 1
- 3
-12
-21
- 9
-11
+ 1
+12
+ 1
- 9

+ 2
+ 6
+11
+23
+ 1
- 5
+ 2
+ 1
+ 4
+19
+ 9
+ 1

+ 6
+ 7
+11
- 8
-12
-18
- 8
- 6
+10
- 5
-11
- 3

- 4
+ 3
+11
- 2
0
+ 2
+17
+ 6
+ 6
- 3
+ 2
+ 7

+ 4
+12
+10

+ 4
+18
+13

-10
+ 1
-32
+ 2
+ 8
- 8
-26
- 3

+22
+19
+23
+42
+ 7
+16
- 1
+ 7

+ 6

+ 5
+ 7
+ 9
- 8
-12
-17
-12
- 5
+ 9
- 8
-12
- 4

- 5

+5

- 5

+ 5

- 6

+14

"5 1

U . S . Total j

Cumulative S a l e s by Type of T r a n s a c t i o n f and
I n s t a l m e n t Accounts R e c e i v a b l e
( P e r c e n t a g e changes)
i

Cumulative s a l e s

| Total

Cash j I n s t a l 1 ment

+ 9
4
+11
+ 8
+10
+ 9
+14
+ 9
+ 7
+ 7
+ 5
+12

TJ. S. T o t a l

+12
+14
+ 9
+ 8
+12
+ 8 I
- 2
0
+ 5
+ 9
+ 8
+ 9

+ 6
+ 2
>10
+ 8
+ 7
+ 8
+17
+ 9
+ 7
+ 1
+ 2
+13

+ 9

Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas C i t y
Dallas
San F r a n c i s c o

+ 8

+ 9

1
n ; a . - Not a v a i l a b l e .




Jan . - S e p t .

1
$
1
I

Federal
Reserve
District

Chargeaccount

Instalment
receivablesy
end of month
Month
Year
ago
- ago

+17
+25
+25
+17
+ 5
+15
+12
+10

+2
0
+3
0
+1
-1
+1
+1
-1
+1
-1
0

+ 6
+ 3
+ 9
+ 4
+ 2
+ 6
+10
+11
= 2
+ 4
+ 1
+ 9

+13

0

+ 5

+12
+ 7
+14