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FEDERAL

R E S E R V

BOARD
November g, 1933
R&S r t p - 107

For r e l e a s e in evening papers
F r i d a y , November 10
DSPAR~M"2~ STORE SALES IN OCTOBER, 1933
Preliminary report
P r e l i m i n a r y f i g u r e s on the value of department s t o r e s a l e s show an i n c r e a s e
from September to October of somewhat -less than the e s t i m a t e d s e a s o n a l amount. The
F e d e r a l Reserve Board* s index, which makes allowance both f o r number of b u s i n e s s
days and f o r u s u a l seasonal changes, was 69 i n October on the "basis of the 1923-I925
average as 100, compared with 70 i n September and 77 i n August.
In comparison w i t h a year ago, t h e value of s a l e s f o r September according to
p r e l i m i n a r y f i g u r e s , was about t h e same. The aggregate f o r t h e f i r s t ten months
of the y e a r was 7 p e r cent smaller than l a s t y e a r .
PERCENTAGE INCREASE OR DECREASE FROM A YEAR AGO
October*
Total
Federal reserve d i s t r i c t :
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San F r a n c i s c o

January 1
Numb er of
to
reporting
O c t o cor 3JL*_
stores
-7'

-2
-2
-2
+S

-7
-5
-5
-2

w

-7
-b
-3
-9

216

35
35

s
%

52
25

23
15

-10

+1
+11
-A
-A

1+66

Number
of
cities

7
44
+8
-q

-9
-g
-3

57
19

g
23
71

* October f i g u r e s p r e l i m i n a r y ; i n most c i t i e s the month had the same number of
b u s i n e s s days t h i s year and l a s t year •




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