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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL

G.7.3

RELEASE
December 20, I960.

MONTHLY)DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS

•

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER I960
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Summary ty Selected Department Groups

'

.

Main Store

Main Women's
store apparel
and
total
acces-

Piece
goods Small Miscel- ment
Meri's Home
and . wares laneous store
and
total
boys' furnish- houseings
hold
wear
textiles

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100)
Aug. 1958 .
Sept. 1958 ,
Oct. 1958

100
110
120

100
118
125

87
95
117

108
115
127

105
84
90

94
108
117

92
89
106

97
106
115

107
92
100 .
114
126

99
86
100
125
133

131
85
86
101
124

115
109
113
118
134

75
89
106
85
92

112 '
91
95
110
124

111

June 1959
July 1959
Aug. 1959
Sept. 1959
Oct. 1959.

104
81
94
108
117

107
88
105
113
123

102
82
107
124
132

131
83
92
100
121

111
" 100
112
114
125

June
July
Aug.
Sept.
- Oct.

I960
I960
I960
I960
I960

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average of end-'

.75 , u
84=
'88
. 103
112
H3
84
90 * 122

• s

-month stocks

Aug. 1958
Sept, 1958
Oct. 1958

128
141
154

142
157
167

136
158
173

116
123
132

' 106
115
12k

June
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.

1959
1959
1959
1959
1959 '

.132
132
137
150
162

134
143
158
172
178

135
129
.142
165
181

133
127
123

113
118
114

June
July
Aug.
Sept.
.Oct.

I960
I960
I960 .
I960
I960

140
139
145
157
169

141
148
165
179
186

28
.

124
134
156

3.5
3.5
3.7

2.8
2.9

111
91
89.
83
100

100
106
115

100)
110

3
189

124
134

126

s

a

115
112
119

149
188

ifa

147
1.39.
156
179
195

141
134
131
137
145

119
124
119
127
130

143
138
138
147
169

130
128

118
115

§
194

134
141

;i5
- 5.0

3.5

4.0
.4.1,
4.2

4.2 '
-4.1%
4.3

4.5

2;4
2.5
2.5

n-

. 121
.

figures for department's within groups given on following pages*




%

137
131
131
1 2 2 : . 141
125 ' 162

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Oct. 1958
Oct. 1959
Oct. i960.

I
83
165

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of Unadjusted
a vear ago
stocks to indexes
Stocks sales 1/ (1947-49
Sales during (end of
av.=1002/)
period
month)
Oct.
October
Oct.!Jan.-Oct. Oct. 196011959 Salesl Stocks

GRAND TOTAL-entire store

- 3

+ 1

MAIN" STORE TOTAL j

- 3

+ 1

+ 5

3.7

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

- 2

+ 2

+ 4

"4.2

0
- 2

-+
+
+
+

+
+
+

Household textilis
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins, sheetings
Blankets, ccmforters, spreads
SMALL WARES
Laces, trimmingsj, embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
|
Toilet articles, drug sundries
Silverware and jewelry
Silverware and jclocks
Costume jewelry
Fine jewelry aid watches
Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery
WOMEN'S APPAREL nND ACCESSORIES
Women's accessories
Neckwear and scarfs
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women1s and children' s.gloves
Corsets and brassieres
Women's, children's hosiery

^

Underwear, slips, and negligees
Knit underwear
Silk & muslin underwear, slips
Negligees, robes, loung. apparel
Infants' wear
Handbags, small leather goods
Women's and children's shoes
Children's shoes
Women's shoes




+ 6

- l
-

3
3
5
2

2
1
2
3

+ 1
+ 3
0
+ 1

169

90

130
92
90
94
105

+ 5

4.5
5.2
4.8
3.6

4.2 101
4.8
97
84
4.2
3.5 133

149
144
168
147

+ 6

+ 6
+ 1

+ 3
+ 2
+ 3

+ 7

+
+
+
+

0
- 4
- 6
- 3

+
+
+
+

6

3.4 123
4.0

74
3.3
63
3.5
2.2 124
4.1
58

- 6

+ l
-11

—

3.4
3.7
2.0
4.4

+ 3 - + 4

+

«

2
5
5
5

- 2

- 3
- l

3.5 3.2

4.3 4.0

122

169

+ 4
+ 5
+ 4

88
4.7 4.3
4.1 3 . 8 114
4.0 3 . 8 131

134
173
158

5
2
7
3

+
+
+
+

4
2
8
1

4.9 4.8 118
7-6 6.6 86
3.0 2.9 148
8.0
8.5
124

173
177
181
182

4
1
1
1

+
+
+
+

3
4
5
3

3.8 3.7 114
4.3 3.9 132
3.5 3.2 126
4.6 4.3 132

127
206170
215

- 1

+ 2

+ 4

+
+
-

l
3
9
3
2
2
2

+
+
+
+

+ 2

+
+
+
+
+
+

4
5
2
4
9
5
0

3.5
2.7
5.3
0.8
4.4
3.3
3.0

+
-

2
3
2
2
1
1
1
3
1

+ 1
+ 1
0
+ 2
+ 1
+ 4
+ 3
+ 3
+ 3

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

2
4
2
1
3
4
5
2

4.3
4.4
4.4
3.6
3.1
2.7
4.9
5.8
4.7

2
1
5
2
4

+ 2

+ #

CO

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

+ 5

132

186

183
3.4 125
144 218
2.5
89
49
4.7
0.8 140
119
4.1 126
160
204
3.1 158
2.9
91- 160
4.1
4.0
4.2
3.7
3.0
2.6
4.6
5.5
4.4

88
117
71
91
144
144
149
111
158

174
236
144
171
186
106
202
206
201

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued) '
UNITED STATES

Percentage change from,
corresponding period Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks tc indexes
a vear a r
eo
Stocks sales 1/ (1947-49.
Sales during
av.=lC OZJ)
(end of
period
October
Oct.
month)
Sales|Stocks
Oct.1Jan.-Oct. Oct.
1

Department

OCTOBER

i
s

0.7.3

WOMEN1S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women*s, misses* coats and suits
Women's,.misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors' and girls' wear
Juniors', coats, suits, dresses
Girls' wear
Women's and misses' dresses
/'
Inexpensive dresses
Better dresses
Blouses, skirts, sportswear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Furs
MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR
Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
& boys' shoes, slippers

HOMEFURNISHINGS

- 1
- 1
0
- 5
0
0
+1

+
+
+
+
+
+

2
1
3
5
3
4
2

*5
+ 5
+ 8
-3
+ 5
+ 6
+ 4

1
+1
, 4
0
-1
-1

+
+
+
+
+
-

3
3
2
2
2
4

+
+
+
+
+
+

- 3

+ 2

+
-

+
+
+
+

5
2
1
4

139
124
135
78
155
137
177

190
167
188
100
227
191
256

6
2.0 1.9. 121
4 ' 1.6 1.5 127
8
2.6 2.3 116
5
2.6 2.5 170
2.2 2.1 107
3
2
3.9 3.8 155

170
171
173
231
127
164

+ 8

1
1
5
2

2.4
2.2
2.1
2.3
%5
1.9
2.9

2.3
2.0
2.0
2.2
2.4
1.8
2.9

5.0 4.5 121

195

4.5
4.6
4.1
5.8

+13
+ 5
+ 7
+ 6

5.3
4.9
4.4
6.4

134
105
137
136

208
186
189
201
145

- 6

- 1

+ 5

3.8 3.4 125

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

-6
- 6
-5
-4
- 1
-25

- 1
- 1
0
0
+ 1
-10

+
+
+
+
-

6
2
7
2
2
4

3.4
1.7
4.0
3.0
2.8
5.2

3.0
1.6
3.5
2.9
2.9
4.1

141 138
150 142
137 • 134
131 115
135 115
54
73

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

- 5
- 4
- 6
-14
-7
- 8

0
- 1
0
- 5
- 3
-1

+ 4
+ 6
+ 5
-3
+ 3

3.6
3.8
7.7
2.4
4.3
7.3

3.3
3.4
7.0
2.1
3.9
5.9

132
114
112
80
117
137

137
149
159
98
164
256

0
-8

- 3

+ 8
+ 8
+ 6

+10
+ 9
+12

3.1 2.7 174
2.5 2.3 188
4.7 3.9 147-

190
205
20?

-5

0

+ 3

4.8 4.4 100

194

is

%

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmusic, instr.
Radios, phonographs, television
Records, sheet music, instr.
MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.
Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras
Toys and games
Sporting goods and cameras
Luggage
Candy




- 6

- 8 v:'i-

- 3
- 7
- 4

+ 3
- l
+ 3

.

+ 3
:l
+ 4

6.9 101

7.6 85
5.7 136
6.9 5.9. 70
1.4 1.3 121

301
210

164
153'

G.7,3

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
TOUTED STATES - OCTOBER

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL

- 1

Domestics and blankets

Oct.
October
I96011959 SalesI Stocks

0

+ 2

- 4

- 5

+ 2

3.1 2,9

0

+ 1

+ 1

2.0 2.0 113

138

1
5
2
3
1
2
1
0
0

+
+
+
+
+
+

+ 1
- 1
+ 1
+10
- 1
+ 4
+ 1
0
- 5

2.7
2.2
2.9
1.6
1,4
1.8
2.1
2.3
2.3

2.7 108
2.3 2/
2/
1.5 104
1.4 82
1.7 154
2.1 151
152
2.3
2.4 2/

145
2/
2/
115
107

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear
Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and sportswear
Girls' wear
Infants' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms

Ratio of
stocks tc
sales 1/

M
M

Department

Percentage chs
uige from
corresponding\ period
a year ?
leo
Sales during Stocks
(end of
period
month)
3ct.IJan.-0ct. Oct.

+
+
+

1
3
1
6
2
1
2
0
- 2

2.5

2.4 115
103

2.8

141
130

170

186
164
2/

Men's and boys' wear

- 1

- 1

+ 5

3.2 3.0 131

183

Men's wear
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings
Boys' wear

- 1
0
- 2
+ 1

-1
- 2
0
+ 2

+
+
+
+

3.3
3.3
3.2
2.9

3.0
3.0
3.0
2.9

124
137
119
146

178
191
171
191

Homefumishings

- 4

- 4

- 2

2.7

2,6

108

110

Shoes

- 4

0

0

3.6 3.4 120

140

NONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

- 2

+ 1

2/

2/

2/

142

2/

Barber and beauty shop

- 2

0

2/

2/

2/

117

2/

7
9
5
4

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,
2/ 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 1959» sales and stocks at these
stores accounted for about 45 per cent of estimated total department store
sales and stocks. Hot 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,
October this year had one less trading day than last.





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