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DEPARTMENT STORE,(CREDIT - SEPTEMBER 1963

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OF RICHMOND

Instalment receivables of reporting department stores were
as is usual in September and at-the month-end were 10 per
cent above the corresponding 1962 date. Collections on th.es e accounts
.were made at about the same rate as in the preceding two months.
The seasonal spurt in^charge account credit which begins in
August continued at about the customary rate in .September. The
collection ratio for these accounts fell somewhat belot; that of the
two preceding months but continued to exceed the 1962 rate.
Department store sales were', off slightly from August, as a
5 per cent decline in cash sales was only partially offset by slight
increases in credit business. Sales of all types, however, were larger
than in September 1962, the gain in instalment;Volume being especially
marked.
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Item

Department Store Credit

Accounts receivable, end of month
Percentage increase Percentage distribution Collection rat Los 1/
or decrease from;
Month ago Year ago Sept.'63 Aug.'63 Sept/62 Sept, 63 Aug. '63 Sept.'62
-* .50

4

42

41

43

48

10

58

59

57.

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Charge
Instalment

17

17

Department Store Sales

Item

Percentage increase
or decrease from:
Year ago
Month ago

Percentage distribution
Sept. '63

Aug. "^63

Sept. '62

Total-

-1

100

100

100

Cash

-5

42

44

42

Charge-

1

40

39

41

Instalment

1

18

17

17

1/ Collections during month as a percentage of accounts receivable at
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beginning of month.




DEPARTMENT STOfiE CREDIT - September 196?
Sales by Type
Percentage increase or. decrease ( - )

- Federal
Reserve
District
-Boston
New"York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond •
.Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis'
Mnneapol-is
Kansas City
JBzfllas
San. Francisco-

Total sales
Year

Month
5
16
. 14
- 5
1
• -

-

-5
-13
-15
.-14
-18

6
7
. 7
.
4
3
2

Instalment
Chargo-account
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Year •
Year - Month
Month
'agio • ..'ago.
DLgD— ..

Cash sales
Month - Year
ago

13
4• 3 - ••
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3
'7 !l
8.
22
6,
: 17
10
18. 17
9
7
-2
— -2
4
-11
: - 3
y .'-"2 :
-;@2B
7
-7
-11
; 0 . - 2.
-13.
1
- -1
- 6
. -2
- 6
3
. -14,
-2
0
. • 0
-10
1
-16
. - -13 . -2
-3
. -4
-6; . - 9
-20
- 3
-4
-20
-13
- 3
-10 .
-18
-2 .
-22 .-5

•n-ISm
-2
0
-4
-2
-1

Accounts Receivable, end of month
Percentage increase or-decrease (-) -

.. Federal
• Reserve
District

Instalment-....
.
. . Charge accounts. ..
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*
Month . Year • • Month' • . • Year
' agoago
ago
ago
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Boston
New York ~
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas .
San Francisco




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