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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
January 9, 1936
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For release in evening papers
Saturday, January 11
DEPARTMENT STORE SALES IN DECEMBER 1935
Preliminary report

Value of department store sales increased in December by more than the
usual seasonal amount, and the Board's seasonally adjusted index advanced to
gU percent of the 1923-1925 average as compared with 81 percent in November.
Aggregate value of sales reported for December was 6 percent larger than
a year ago and for the entire year 1935 was 5 percent larger than in 1934.
REPORTS BY FEDERAL RESERVE DISTRICTS
Percentage change
from a year ago
January 1
to
December*
December " 1
5

I
Total

+ 6

+

5

Number
of
stores
reporting

Number
of
cities
included

4gg

237

44
4g

23
25
13

Federal Reserve districts:
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis

+ 7

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

I

+
+ U
+ 7
+ 9

+ 5

+ 9
+ 9

+ 2

+ 3
+ 8

+ 7

+

0
2

+ 3
+ 5
+

s

+ 6
+ 7
+ 1

+ 7
+ 6
+ 6
+ 10

28
28

55
22

58
38
38

20
18
85

11
27
19
29

21

20
l4
6

29

* December figures preliminary; in most cities the month had the same number of
business days this year and last year, but in December this year there were
four Saturdays as compared with five a year ago.

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