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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE-FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
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October 3, 195*2"

RETAIL FURIHTDR3 R2PCRT FOR AUGUST 1952
Total s a l e s a t f u r n i t u r e s t o r e s increased 9 per cent
. fi'om .July t o August, r e f l e c t i n g i n c r e a s e s i n sfll types of s a l e s .
Cash s a l e s were up 8 per c e n t , while instalment and charge-account s a l e s showed gains of 10 p e r cent and 11 p e r c e n t , r e s p e c t i v e l y # Instalment s a l e s were a l s o above a year ago, b u t cash
and charge-account s a l e s continued below year-ago f i g u r e s .
Instalment accounts outstanding increased about 2 per
cent during August, and a t the month-end were about 15 per cent
above a year ago. C o l l e c t i o n s on i n s t a l m e n t accounts increased
2 per c e n t over J u l y , b u t were 3 per cent under August of l a s t
year.
&
The r e t a i l value of i n v e n t o r i e s a t f u r n i t u r e s t o r e s
continued-to d e c l i n e s l i g h t l y during August. Stocks on hand a t
the end of the month were 1 p e r c e n t below those of the preceding
month-end and 9 per cent below a year ago. At the c u r r e n t r a t e
of s a l e s , i n v e n t o r i e s amounted t o somewhat more than a U month's
supply.

.. E u r n i t u r e S t o r e S t a t i s t i c s f o r August 1952
Percentage change from:
Augo 1951
J u l y 1952
to
to
Aus, 1952
Aug. 1952

Item
Net salesTotal
Cash s a l e s
Credit; s a l e s :

+ 9
+ 8
+10
+11

+ 2
- 8
+ 7
*11

+3
+ 2

+lk
+15

Collections' during month
Total
Instalment

0
+ 2

- 5
- 3

I n v e n t o r i e s , end of month, a t r e t a i l v a l u e

- 1

-

Instalment
Charge account

Accounts r e c e i v a b l e , a t end of month
Total
Instalment

/

NOTE;—These f i g u r e s a r e preliminary and s u b j e c t t o r e v i s i o n .




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RETAIL FURNITURE STORES - AUGUST 1952*
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Sales and I n v e n t o r i e s
Percentage change"

Inventories
Credit sales
end of month 1 /
J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51 J u l y ' 5 2 AUS.'SI J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51 J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.*52 Aug.'52
Aug. 1 52
Total n e t s a l e s

*

Cash s a l e s

1

Rederal
Reserve
District

Boston
Mew York .
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

+11
t 8
+17
+ 9
+lli
+ 7
+11
+11
+11
k5
+1
+ 5

+ 9
- 1
*
+ 6
0
+ 9
+13
+ 6
- h
- 6
+ 8
+ 7
- h

+ 9
+ 9
+ 6
- U
- 5
+ 3
+ 7
+ 8
+1U
+11
+11
+13

U . S . Total

+ 9

+ 2

+ 8

Number of s t o r e s

6$o

696

5Uo

y

j

- 2
-20
+ 9
-13
+ 3
- 2
- 1
+12
-19
0
- 1;
-12

+lii
+ 8
+19
+12
+19
+ 7
+16
+12
+15
+17
0
+ h

+10
+ 1
+ 6
+ 1
+ 9
+15
+ 8
- li
- 2
•in'
+ 5
- a

- 8

.

+10

+

u

- 1

- 9

5Uo

She

5L3

5olt

5Ck

- 6
- 5
-16
- 8
+ 1
- 5
- 9
- 6
-12
-11
-11
-15

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

- 1
+ 2
-

h

At r e t a i l value."
Accounts Receivable and C o l l e c t i o n s

Federal
Reserve
District
Boston
Werr York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Lours
Minneapolis
Kansas C i t y
Dallas
San Francisco

Percental ge change
Accounts r e c e i v a b l e , end cf month
Collections i
during r o n t h
Total
Instalment
Total
Instalr.ent
J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51 J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51 J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51 J u l y ' 5 2 Aug.'51
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.'52 Aug.'52 A u g " 52 Aug.'52
+ I
0
1
2
3
3
3
2
3
7
3

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

h

+1U
+10
+12
+12
+llt
+37
+12
+12
+ 7
+13
+21
+ 7

+ 3
0
0
+ 2
+ 3
+ 2
+ 2
+ 2
+ h
+ 5
+ 5
+ l

U. S. Total

+ 3

+lli

+

Number of s t o r e s

620

620

212

2

;

+17
+11
+11
+13
+19
+21;
+lii
+20
+11
+16
+33
+19

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
-

7
5
7 .
7 '
li
6
"2
3
7
2
2

+ 1
- 8
0
- 8
+ 3
+16 ,
- h
- h
- 7
- 9
- U
-lb

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

It

+ li
-12
+ 9
+ 3
+ h

+15

0

- 5

+ 2

- 3

212

620

620

212

212

h

1
 i g u r e s a r e preliminary and s u b j e c t t o r e v i s i o n .
*—August 1952 f


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