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i OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December iL, 1956

0.7.3

MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SAULS AND STOCKS, BI DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1956
(Based on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts)

-

Selected Department Groups
Main Store
"BasePiece T
Small Miscel- ment
Home goods
Men's
wares laneous s t o r e
f u r n i s h - and
and
total
houseings
boys 1
hold
wear
textiles
SnETTfiEEnjls "(Unadjusted, l9u1-k9 average monthly saj.es-J.uuj
87
75
81
97
9U
71
87
86
Aug. 1951*
101*
78,
96
8k
101
91
109
100
S e p t . 1951*
, no
95
10589
113
109
112
109
Oct. 195L
102
99
99
76
101
115
89
96
June 1955
76
81 .
75
71
97
7U
71
78
July 1955
93
79
,86
101*
107
77
91
93
Aug. 1955
107
85
101
88
111
111*
95
106
S e p t . 1955
116'
102
111
92
121*
116
119
116
Oct. 1955
107
103
: 103
75
ill
125
91*
102
June 1956
77
83
80
80
99
. 72
71*
81
July 1956
98
.81*
92
105
109
82
100
98
Aug. 1956
109
85
100
85
109
99
118
108
Sept. 1956
102 : 117
113
93
126
lilt
122
118
Oct. 1956
Summary •

WomenTe"
Main apparel
and
store
t o t a l accessories

STOCKS INDEXES
Aug, * 195U
S e p t . 195U
Oct. 1951*
Junt
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.

1955
1955
1955
1955
1955

June
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.

1956
1956
1956
1956
1956

•
•
•

adjusted, 191*7-29 average of end-of-month stocks

>

120
138
11*9

103
110
115

98
106
110

106
111*
131

105
126
158

10I*
118
12k

113
113
128
11*0
ll*9

121
111
125
ll*2
156

115
109
107
113
120

101
10U
102
109
115

: ii5
109
111
119
137

110
106
110

107
101
108

119
122
138
11*7
162

127
121
135
152
172

121*
120
117
122
131

107
110
108
113 '
121 ;

122
117
119
126
H*7

116
m

2.7
3.1*
3 . 2 - 2.7
2.9
3.5

lu5
U.3
1**9

3.5
3.3
3.5

3.8
3.8
U.o

.

U.O
3.9
U.l

U.l
3.9
•U.5v

111
123
132;

120
13U
il*o

111*
110
117
127
138
121
119
126
135
150

S ,

&
178

108
iok
110
120
133

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Oct.
Oct.
Oct.

195U
1955
1956

/

2.3
2.3

2.1*

F i g u r e f o r departments within groups given, oh following pages.




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G.7.3
MONTHLY DEPiiRTI^MT STORE SALES A3Q "STOCKS,. BY DEPARTIISNTS
DIETED STATES - OCTOBER 1 9 5 6

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a year ago
Sales during Stocks
(end of
period
month)
Oct.
Oct.|Jan.-Oct

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks t o indexes
s a l e s 1 / (1947-49
av.=100 £ / )
October
October
Sales 1Stocks
1956I19&

GRAM) TOTAL-entire s t o r e

+2

+4

+ 8

3.3 3,1

—

-

MAIN STORE TOTAL

+2

+4

+ 9

3.5 3.2

118

150

+1

+2

+ 6

4.0 3.8

93

121

Piece goods
S i l k s , velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods
Cotton yard goods

+1
+3
0
+3

-1
+1
+2
-3

+ 2
+ 5
0
0

3.4
3.1*
2.2
it.lt

3.3
3.U
2.2
4.5-

78
69
125
67

C6
92
109

Household t e x t i l e s
Linens and towels
Domestics—cuslins, sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads

*1
+3
+2
0

+4.
+3
+4
+3

+
+
+
+

lt.2
lt.8
4.4
3.3

3.9
4.7
4.1
3.1

104
95
87
139

137
127
154
140

+ 7

4.1 3.9

113

147

it.lt lt.0
3 . 8 3.7
3 . 8 3.7

91
110
118

122
152
134

It.9
6.3
3.4
8.2

4.5
6.1
2.9
6.9

108
100
118
108

155
165
160
150

-- 4 . 0
3.9
3.0
it.2

lt.0
3.8
3.1
4.1

110
126
118
128

121
172
137
183

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

SKALL WARES

+3

7
5
9
8

%

Laces, trimmings> embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
T o i l e t a r t i c l e s , drug sundries

+3
+h
+7

+4
+4
+8

+ 6
+ 8
+ 8

Silverware and jewelry
Silverware and clocks
Costume jewelry
Pine jewelry and matches

-3
+1
-3
-7

+h
+6
+2
+6

+ 6
+U
+10
. + 5

Art needlework
Books and s t a t i o n e r y
Books and magazines
Stationery

+4
+5
+5
>5

+2
+6
+8
+4

+
+
+
+

+3

+4

+ 9

2 . 9 2.7

122

162

+2
+2
+3
+9
+2

•3
+5
+1
+7
•6
•5
0

+ 7
+11
+ 2
- 2
+ 8
+ 5
*$

3#it
2.5
it .5
0.8
it .5
3.2
2.8

3.2
2.3
it .5
0.8
it .3
3.1
2.6

118
148
62
Htlt
112
litO
90

160
201
92
108
ii£
166
143

0
+1
-1
+2
•3
+4

+6
+ 6
+ 6
+ 9
+ 8
+ 9
+ 7
+ 9
+ 7

it.0 3 . 8
3.9 3.8
it.3 lt.0
3.5 3 . 3
3.0 2.8
2.6 2.5
it.9 lt.6
5 . 6 lt.8
4.7 it.6

88
118
72
91
137
129
131
102
137

159
202
136

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
Women's accessories
Neckwear and s c a r f s
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women's and c h i l d r e n ' s gloves
Corsets and b r a s s i e r e s
Women's, c h i l d r e n ' s hosiery

-1

+1
Underwear, s l i p s , and negligees
Knit underwear
A
S i l k & muslin underwear, s l i p s - 1
Negligees, r o b e s , loung, apparel+3
0
I n f a n t s ' wear
+3
Handbags, small l e a t h e r goods
+3
Women's and c h i l d r e n ' s shoes
z C h i l d r e n ' s shoes
-4
+4
'
Women's shoes




>3
+6

4
7
5
7

165
168
171
173
170

M N H Y DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
OTL
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER. 1956

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a y e t r ago
Sales during Scr.cks
( r nd of
•period
i . c ith)
Oct. Uan.-OctJ Oct.

Ratio of Unadjusted
indexes
stocks t o
s a l e s .%/ (1947-4? ,
av.tslOO 2 / )
October
October
195611955 SalesIstocks

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women1s apparel
Women's, misses* coats & s u i t s
Moments, misses 1 coats
Women's, misses' s u i t s
J u n i o r s ' a n d ' g i r l s * wear
J u n i o r s ' c o a t s , s u i t s , dresses
G i r l s ' wear •

• 3
0
- 1
+ 3
+ 1
+ 3
- 1

+
+
+
+
+
+

5
3
6
1
6
8
h

+11
+12
+1$
+ 5
+13
+11
+14

2.3 2 . 1
2 . 0 1.8
2 . 1 1.8
1.8 1.8
2.5 2,2
2 . 0 1.9
2 . 9 2.5

127.
124
131
91
133
117
151

164
153
174
94
190
164
210

Women's and misses' dresses
Inexpensive dresses
Better dresses
Blouses, s k i r t s , sportswear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Furs

+ 7
+10
+ 3
+ 3
+10
+ 3

+
+
+
+
+
+

4
5
4
5
2
7

+ 7
+ 8
+ 6
+17
+ 5
+ 7

1.8
1.1*
2.2
2.6
2.4
3.9

1.8
1*4
2.2
2.3
2.5
3.7

114
114
116
154
89
134

140
135
144
205
113
135

- 2

+ 2

+11

4.9

4.3

114;

172

-4
0
-5
+ 1

+
+
+
+

2
2
2
5

+5.3
+ 9
+10
+14

5.1
4.8
4.5
6,1

4.3
4.3
3*9
5.4

127
102
121
124

182
169
165
170

+ 2

+ 4

+ 9

3.5

3.3

126

131

Furniture -and bedding
Mattresses, s p r i n g s , s t u d i o beds
Upholstered, other f u r n i t u r e
Domestic f l o o r coverings
Rugs.and carpets
Linoleum

+
+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+
+
+

£
3
7
5
5
7

+ 9
+ 1
*
+10
+ 9
+12
+ 3

3.2 3 , 1
1.7 1.6
3.7 3.5
w
3.2 3.0
3 . 1 3 .0
4.1 3.9

145
159
137
130
132
72

129
145
122
115
119
74

Draperies, c u r t a i n s , .upholstery
Lamps and shades
China and glassware
Major household appliances
Housewares ( i n c l . small appliances)
G i f t shop

0
+ 2
+ 9
- 7
0
+5

+ 3
+ 4
+ 5
0
+ 4
+ o

+ 8
+ 7
+ 5.
+12
+10
+10

137
3.4 3 . 1
121
3.3 1 3 . 1
119
6.7 6.9
87
2.3 1.9
4 . 1 3.6., 116
132
5 , 9 5.6

130
132
142
98
149
198

Radios, phonographs, t e l e v i s i o n ,
pianos, r e c o r d s , sheetmusic, i n s t r •.+ 1
Radios, phonographs, t e l e v i s i o n • - 3
+14
Records, sheet music, i n s t r .

...+ 8
+ 5
+18

+18
+16
+22

2 . 6 2.2
2.2 1,9
3 . 5 : 3..4.

145
155
135

132
144
143

0

+ 3

+.9

4.5

3 •9

102

178

i-1
- 4
+ 4
+ 1
+ 4

+ 3
0
+ 7
+ 7
+ 8

+12
+11
+16
+ 9
+ 3

6.9
7.3
6.0
6.0
1.2

5.9
6.2
5.2

106
103
116
80
112

236
285
167
157
124

MEN'S AND BOYS' W A
ER
Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
f u r n i s h i n g s and h a t s
Wear
& boys' shoesj s l i p p e r s

HOMEFURNISHINGS

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.
Toys and games
Sporting goods and cameras
Luggage
Candy




-

3
2
5
5
4
0

'5.5
1.2

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, B DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
Y
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1956

Department

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL

Percentage chaiige from
corresponding period
a year a;?o
Stocks
Sales during (end of
month)
period
Oct.!IJan.-Oct. Oct.

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks t o indexes
s a l e s 1/ (19U7-U9
av.-lOOl/)
October
October
195611955 Sales|Stocks

+ 1

+ 2

* h

2.U

2.3

117

133

0

+ 3

+ 3

2.8

2*3-

117

133

+ 2

+ 2

+ h

2.0

1.9

+ 2
0
+ k
- 1
+ 7
+ 7
-3
-3
+ 3

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
-

+ 1
- 2
0
+ 6
+ 3
+10
+ 7
+ 5
+ 5

2.6 2.6
2.2 2.1
2.6 2.7
1.5 1.U
1.3 1 . 3
1 . 8 1.7
2 . 1 1.8
2.2 2.0
2.6 2.5

Domestics and blankets
Women's, misses' ready-to-wear
Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets & b r a s s i e r e s
Coats and s u i t s .
Dresses
Blouses, s k i r t s , and sportswear
G i r l s ' wear
I n f a n t s ' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Men's and boys' wear
' Men's wear
Men's clothing
Men's f u r n i s h i n g s
Boys' wear
Hcmefurnishings

0
+ 1
+ 1
+ 1
-3

1
1
1
1
2
6
2
1
1

132
135
3/
i/
110
100
165
171
150
3/

+ 1

+

h

2.9

2.7

130

159

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

3
5
2
8

2.8
2.8
2.9
2.9

2.7
2.7
2.8
2.6

125
139
119
lliO

152
155
150
172

129

118

115

133

1
1
1
2

1

+ 1

0

2.U

2.U

Shoes

f 1

+ 2

+ 6

3.7

3.5

NONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

+

h

+ 7

3/

3/

Barber and beauty shop

+ 1

+ 3

3/

3/

+

113
108
3/
J/
102
8U
152
11*8
15U
3/

2/

129

2/

y

10lt

3/

1 / The r a t i o of stocks t o s a l e s i s obtained by dividing stocks a t t h e end of t h e
month by s a l e s during t h e month and hence i n d i c a t e s the number of months' supply
on hand a t the end of the month i n teims of s a l e s f o r t h a t month.
2 / The 19U7-U9 average of monthly s a l e s and erid-of-month stocks f o r each department
™ i s used as the base i n computing s a l e s and stocks indexes, r e s p e c t i v e l y , f o r
*
t h a t department. For d e s c r i p t i o n of s e r i e s , see pages Ilk6-k9 of t h e November
1953 Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n . A brochure containing back data f o r t h e d e p a r t mental s e r i e s f o r the p e r i o d 191*0-1952, i n c l u s i v e , may be obtained from t h e
Division of Administrative Services, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
System, Washington 25, D. C.
3 / Data not available#
TTote:—Based on r e p o r t s from a group of l a r g e department s t o r e s l o c a t e d i n various
c i t i e s throughout t h e country. In 1955, s a l e s and stocks a t these s t o r e s a c counted f o r almost 50 per cent of estimated t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s and
s t o c k s . Not a l l s t o r e s r e p o r t data f o r a l l of t h e departments shown; consequently, t h e sample f o r t h e .individual departments i s not so comprehensive as
t h a t f o r the t o t a l *





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