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April 20, 1962.

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•MQEEBLY/BEPARTMBg.JSTCRE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
LIBRARY
APR

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 1962
(Based on retail dollar amounts)

1962

Summary by Selected Department Groups
Main Store
Women'sJ
Main apparel|Men's
store
and J and
total acces- (boys1
sories (wear
«

Home
furnishings

Basement
store
total

Piece I
goods 1
and
Small Miscelhouse- wares laneous
hold
textiles

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-4-9 average monthly sales = 100)
Dec.
Jan.
Feb.

1959
I960
I960

228
95
87

211
89
84

311
81
73

171
104
104 .

122
139
70

317
103
99

390
70
70

192
77
72

Oct. I960
Nov. i960
Dec. I960
Jan. 1961
Feb. 1961

123
139
225
91
83

132
135
209
85
83

121
155
315
77
72

125
135
162
96
93

90
92
119
135
69

122
157
315
101
93

100
178
383
72
70

115
126
189
73,
71

Oct. 1961
Nov. 1961
Dec. 1961
Jan. 1962
Feb. 1962

124
150
231
97
85

132
145
213
90
82

122
170
319
84
75

128
147
170
106
.
99

91
97
119
139
69

123
166
327
108
96

99
190
386
76
73

115
134
190
79
69

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted/1947-49 average of end-of-raonth stocks = 100)
Dec.
Jan.
Feb.

1959
I960
I960

132
133
139

137
139
152

137
132
142

128
129
132

125
119
120

136
135
135

112
130
119

108108
116

Oct. I960
Nov. I960
Dec. I960
Jan. 1961
Feb. 1961

169
175
136
135
138

186
191
141
141
150

195
201
143
135
145

145
145
130
130
131

130
129
127
120
120

169
191
144
139
139

194
202
113
130
121

141
146
106
106
114

Oct. 1961
Nov. 1961
Dec. 1961
Jan. 1962
Feb. 1962

172
178
142
142
148

193
198
150
152
164

196
201
147
141
152

143
145
132
135
136

134
134
133
126
128

%
%
197
151
147
1#

194
204
119
138
128

146
151
115
U5
123

6.1
6.3
6.3

4.3
4.7
4.6

5.2
5.1
5.4

4.3
4.6
4.8

4.2
4.2
4.3

3.3
3.3
3.6

7 SALES
Feb. I960
Feb. 1961
Feb. 1962

4.3
4.5
4.6

3.8
3.8
4.1

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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G.7.3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SAIES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY I962

DePartment

..

GRAND TOTAL-entire store
MAIN STOKE TOTAL

(Percentage change from
1 corresponding period Ratio of
1
a vear ago
stocks to
Stocks sales 2/
i .Saies d»rtng (end of
|
period
month) February
fceb.1Jan.-Feb. Feb. 196211961
1+2

Unadjusted
indexes
(1947-49,
av.=1002/)
February
Sales 1Stocks

+ 5

+ 7

+ 3

+ 5

. + 7

4.4

85

148

0

+ 2

+ 7

5.4 5.1

69

128

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

4.4 4.2
M

~

Piece goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods
Cotton yard goocjs

-6
- 5
— 6
- 6

-

3
4
1
4

+ 6
+ 6
+12
+ 6

4.4 3-9.
4.2 3.7
4.1 3.4
4.4 3.9

60
58
55
77

98
89
80
135

Household textiles
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins, sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

4
3
4
6

+ 7

+ 9
+ 7

5.8 5.7
6.3 6.3
5.2 4.9
6.1 6.0

74
73
80
72

143
134
216
142

SMALL WARES

5
5
5
6

+6

+ 3

+ 5

+ 6

4.8

4.6

96

148

Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
Toilet articles, drug sundries

+ 1
0
+ 3

+ 2
+ 3
+ 5

+ .2
+ 4
+ ?

5.8 5.8
5.0 4.8
4.4 4.1

65
84
114

129
156
150

Silverware and jewelry
Silverware and clocks ^
Costume jewelry
Fine jewelry and watches

+ 2
+10
- 5
+15

+ 5
+17
* 5
*
+16

6.6 6.3
7,9 8.3
4.4 3-8
11.5 12.3

80
80
80
93

159
164
147
168

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+ 9
+
5
+ 6.
+ 4

+12
+ 6
+ 7
+ 4

97
110
120
104

111
149
152
151

0

+ 3

+ 9

4.1

3.7

82

164

+ 2
- 1
+ 2
- 1
-4
-6
-15 . - 7
+ 6
+11
+ 4
+ 5
+ 5
+ 3

+ 7
+ 4
0
- 3
+25
+ 9
+ 8

5.0
3-8
4.7
1.9
5.8
4.3
3.7

4.6
3.6
4.4
1.7
5.0
4.1
3-5

78

38
61
68
123
73

164
162
62
113
118
212
154

+ 6^
+ 4
+ 7.
+12
+ 7
+ 9
+ 5
+ 5
+ 5

4.3
4.5.
4.7,
2.9.
4.7
4.0
8.2
9.1
8.0

4.2
4.4
4.4
2.6
4.2
3.7
7.5
8.1
7-3

63
85
51
69
78
82
89
71
92

128
1.82
U3
99
154
166
208
213
200

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
Women's accessories
Neckwear and scarfs
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women's and children's gloves
Corsets and brassieres '
Women's, children's hosiery
Underwear, slips, and negligees
Knit underwear
Silk &*jauslin underwear, slips'
Negligees, robes, loung, appar&l
Infants' wear
Handbags, small leather goods
Women's arid children's shoes
Children's shoes
Women's shoes




+ 1
+ 1
+ 1 '
+ 1 '
- V
+ 2.
-5
- 7
- 4

+ 4
+4
+ 1
+ 2
- 1
+ 2
• 0
- 2
+ 1

.

+
+
+
+

7
$
9
7

+ 6
- 4
r
+ 5
+ 3

'

4.0
3.8
3a
4.2

4.2
3.8
3.1
4.2

77

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MDMTHIX DEPARTMENT STORE SAIES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 1962
nge from
Percentage cfia
corresponding; period Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
a vear aso
Stocks sales 1/
Sales during (end of
2 S ,
period
February
month} February
196211961 Sales 1Stocks
Feb.1Jan.-Feb. Feb.

Department

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.) *
Women's apparel
Women's, misses' coats arid suits
Women's, misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors' and girls' wear
Juniors' coats, suits, dresses
Girls' wear

MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR
clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
& boys' shoes, slippers

HOMEFURNISKENGS

+
+
+
+
+
+

+ 3
+ 4
+ 1
-+ 7
- 2
- 6

+
+
+
+

,

Furniture and bedding
Mattresses, springs, studio beds
Upholstered, other furniture
Domestic floor coverings t
.
Rugs and carpets
Linoleum

4
4
7
3
3
4
1

+12
+14
+15
+15
+14
+20
+11

3
5
2
9
0
- 3

- +12
+14
+11
+13
+ 8
+ 5

+ 4

Women's and misses' dresses
Inexpensive dresses
Better dresses^'
Blouses, skirts, sportswear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Furs

Men's
Men's
Boysf
Men's

1
5
2
8
2
2
3

+ 6

+ 5

6.3

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

+
.-

7
4
1
2

+ 7
+ 5
+ 8
•+ 6
+ 8
+ 9
-21

8
6
4
4

+ 9
>
+
+
+
+
+

9
9
9
8
4
9

2
7
7
7

87
73
79
66
85
84
86

164
" 125
125
i3i
190
171
204

86
2.9 2.7
89
2.2 2.0
3.8 3 A
87
3.4 3.2 165
2,8 2.5
92
6.6 5.9
75

174
174
186
192
141
128

6.2

75

152

7.0 7.4
5.4 5.2
6.4 6.0
8.4 8.0

77
70
76
95

164
135
154
185

3.3
2.7
2.4
3.4
3.7
2.8
4.7

3.0
2.3
2.0
2.7
3.2
2.3
4.2

+ 5

4.6

99

136

+ 2
- 3
+ 3
0
- 4
+10

4,0 4.1 124
2.0 2.2 139
4.5 4.7 125
4.2 4.5
92
3.8 4.2 100
31
7.8 5.6

135
157
135
106
111
69

4.7

+ 3
+ 9
+10
+ 7
+ 5
+ 6

+ 5
+ 7
+ 7
+10
+ 6
+ 2

+
+
+
+
+
+

2
5
6
3
8
3

5.8 5.8
4:9 5.1
8.7 9.1
3.2 3.3
5.2 5.1
8.1 8.3

79
80
93
65
93
91

130
135
149
111
154
190

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmusic, instr. +16
Radios, phonographs, television
+19
Records, sheet music, instr.
+10

+17
+19
+13

+18
+20
+14

3.1 3.1
2.7 2.7
4.2 4.0

162
142
180

185
150
187

+ 4

+ 5

+ 6

4.3

4.2

73

128

Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras + 8
Toys and games
+ 7
Sporting goods and cameras
+10
Luggage
- 5
Candy
+ 9

^+7
+ 3
+ 9
+ 5
+ 6

+ 7
+ 7
+ 7
+10
-6

59
7.9 8.0
9.0 9.0
38
7.0 7.3
95
5.8 5.0
75
1.2 1.4 125

Draperies, curtains, upholstery
Lamps and shades
!
China and glassware
Major household appliances
Housewares (incl. small appliances)
Gift shop

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.




149
131
347
142
134

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MDKTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BT DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED . STATES - FEBRUARY 1962

5

^

§

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of
stocks to
a vear ago
sales lj
Sales' during Stocks
(end of
^ period
month) February
! Feb. 1962)1961

Unadjusted
indexes
( i w - 4 9 •.
av.=100 tJ
February
Sales 1 Stocks

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL

- 2.

+ 3

+ 8

3.6

3.2

69

123

Domestics and blankets

+ 4

+ 5

+ 7

4.3

4.2

69 ~

125

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

- 3

+ 2

+ 8

2.9

2.6

65

117

0
+ 2
- 1
-10
+ 2
+ 7
- 8
- 7
-10

+
+
+
+

3
5
3
2
0
+10
+ 1
- 3
- 6

+ 9
+ 8
+ 9
+10
+ 8
+13
+ 6
+ 6
+ 7

3.2
2.7
3.5
2.3
1.9
2.6
3.6
4.2
2.7

3-0
2.6
3.2
1.8
1.8
2.4
3.1
3.7
2.3

+ 1

+ 8

+11

4.1

3-7

81

145

+
+
+
-

+10
+14
+ 7
+ 1

+10
+11
+11
+12

3.9
4.1
3.7
4.6

3.6
3.8
3.4
4.0

83
96
76
77

143
165
129
154

Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and sportswear
Girls' wear
Infants' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Men's and boys' wear
Men's wear
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings
Boys' wear

2
3
2
4

84
1/

136
2/

53
58
80
63
65

90
100
129
141
132
2/

2ti

2/

1/

Homefurnishings

+ 2

> 5

+ 6

4.0

3.9

73

109

Shoes

- 8

-2

+ 6

5.5

4.8

77

137

NONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

+ 2

+ 2

]/

1/

1/

113

11

Barber and beauty shop

+ 2

+ 4

2/

2/

3/

131

1/

1/ The ratio of stocks to sales is obtained by dividing stocks at the end of the
month by sales during the month and hence indicates the number of months'
supply on. hand at the end of the month in terms of sales for that month.
2J The 1947-49 average of monthly sales and end-of-month stocks for each department is used as the base in computing sales and stocks indexes, respectively,
for that department. For description of series, see pages 1146-49 of the
November 1953 Federal Reserve Bulletin. A brochure containing back data for
the departmental series for the period 1940-1952, inclusive, may be obtained
from the Division of Administrative Services, Board of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System, Washington 25, D. C.
2/ Data not available.
Note:—Based on reports from a group of large department stores located in
various cities throughout the country. In 1961, sales and stocks at these
stores accounted for about 40 per cent of estimated total department store
sales and stocks. Not all stores report data for all of the departments
shown; consequently, the sample for the individual departments is not so
comprehensive as that for the total.