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G. 7.3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 1965.
; DEPARTMENT STORE SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS

LIBRARY

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1964
I(Based on retail dollar amounts)

19 b65

ary by Selected Department Groups

Women's
apparel
and
accessories

Piece
goods
Home
Small Miscel- „ Basefurnishand
wares laneous
ment
boys'
ings
housestore
hold
total
textiles
SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales * 100)
Main
store
total

Men's

Jan,
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.

1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962
1962

97
85
112
115
118
109
94
109
116
128
154
235

90
82
124
135
123
104
89
112
128
136
149
217

84
75
94
108
116
134
88
99
105
124
174
328

106
99
118
102
119
, 111
107
114
118
135
152
176

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
Nov,
Dec.

1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963

98
87
111
117.
119
113
100
117
120
129
147
253

91
84
125
134
125
106
93
121
131
136
143
232

86
78
96
110
111
139
95
109
110
120
170
358

104
99
113
107
121
118
116
121
126
138
147
189

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.

1964
105
97
90
111
157
114
86
81
1964
99
97
86
116
79
109
85
77
1964. . 121
140
108
113
79
116
107
110
1964
117
125
107
124
86
116
95
106
1964
128
131
119
131
117
135
111
111
1964
123
114
151
132
85
133
128
108
1964
109
100
104
126
109
108
110
87
1964
119
121
109
127
124
108
115
100
1964
130
141
123
137
96
95
116
128
1964
143
152
145
149
100
139
112
125
1964
158
151
180
163
102
172
182
129
1964
269
245
374
206
137
433
383
208
Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




139
69
82
73
86
76
92
112
84
94
99
122

./

147
71
79
78
89
78
100
120
89
96
97
132

.

108
96
110
107
123
119
95
108
113
125 '
•
168
327
107
98
106
111
127
119
100
111
417
128
158
352

J

76
73
88
101
98
114
94
94
84
104
196
389

79
69
100
112
107
101
78
103
106
116
131
190

78
77
8*
106
105
116
100
100
87
105
170
419

76
68
99
112
105
102
83
111
109
112
126
205

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G. 7.3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1964

Department
GRAND TOTAL - entire store

Unadjusted
Percentage change from
Indexes
corresponding period
(1947-49 ay. -100^)
a year ago
Dec.'641 Nov. *64112mos. '641 Dec.'64 I Nov. *64
+ 7
+ 6
+ 7

MAIN STORE TOTAL

+ 6

+ 7

+ 7

269

158

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

+ 3

+ 5

+ 6

137

102

0
2 ,
- 2
- 3

- 2
0
- 5
-3

+
+
+
-

2
4
2
2

60
56
94
46

68
67
116
48

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

+
+
+
-

4
5
8
1

+ 8
+ 9
+10
+ 5

+ 7
+ 8
+ 9
+ 5

191
237
140
194

124

SHALL WARES'.

+ 9

+ 9

8

383

172

+ 9
+ 9
+12

+ 5
+ 3
+13

+ 8
+ 5
+10

169
237
470

104
128
178

Silverware and Jewelry
Silverware and clocks
Costume jewelry
Fine jewelry and watches

+ 9
+11
+ 7
+12

+10
+11
+ 6
+14

+ 8
+ 9
+ 4
+12

353
272
351
597

158
147
149
219

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+
+
+
+

2
5
2
6

0
+10
>10
+ 9

1
8
7
7

169
517
391
556

133
242
194
258

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

+ 6

+6

6

245

151

Women' ^accessories
Neckwear and scarfs
' Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women's and children's gloves
Corsets and brassieres
Women's, children's hosiery

+ 4
+ 4
- 2
+ 8
- 3
+14
;+9

+ 6
+ 7
+ 1
+ 1
+ 6
+ 4
+10

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

5
6
2
3
3
7
5

255
323
200
109
381
246
188

143
164
73
92
185
167
105

+ 9
+ 8
4- 9
+12
+ 3
•"+ 6
+ 7
+ 5
+ 7

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

6
7
5
7
3
5
5
2
6

317
385
256
434
251
368
196
174
203

139
174
106
182
167
163
144
121
151

Piede goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods
Cotton yard goods

Laces, trlSsrLngs, etinrolderles,
and ribbons
- Notions
Toilet articles, d^ug sundries

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 sh*6#
Children's shoes
women's shoes




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+
+
+
+
+
+
+

4
4
4
4
0
5
2
2
3

t
+
•+
•
>

:

95
139

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6* 7.3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORK SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES- DECEMBER 1964

Department
WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women's, misses' coats and suits
Women's, misses' coats
Woman'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

Unadjusted
Percentage change from
indexes
corresponding period
%
a year ago
(1947-49 ay, 10Q^
tNov.'64
Dec.' 641 Nov.' 64112 mosi' 64 Dec.*64
+ 7
+ 8
+ 9
+ 8
+ 6
+11
+ 2

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

6
1
1
7
4
7
1

+ 8
+ 8
+ 8
+ 7
+ 7
+12

+ 7
+ 7
+ 8
+ 8
+ 7
+12

+ 7
+ 8
+ 8
+11
+ 8
+10
+ 5

234
143
168
75
300
256
352

159
129
153
59
196
171
226

+
+
+
+
+
+

6
6
6
8
3
4

153
172
139
389
166
260

121
129
117
218
114
161

+ 5

+ 6

+ 8

374

180

+ 8
+ 5
0
+ 8

+ 4
+ 9
0
+ 9

+10
+ 8
+ 4
+ 9

265
460
328
347

178
180
182
170

+ 9

+11

+ 9

206

163

+10
+ 6
+12
0
- 2
-16

+10
+ 5
+13
+ 9
+11
+ 1

+ 9 + 7
+11
+ 7
+ 7
+ 6

- 143 ~
100
159
104
106
35

166
148
179
154
175
56

Draperies, curtains, upholstery
+ 9
Lamps and shades
+ 9
China and glassware
+ 5
Major household appliances
+ 5
Housewares (incl. small appliances) • +11
Gift shop
+ 8

+ 8
+ 9
+10
+ 7
+10
+15

+ 7
+ 7
+ 7
+ 7
+ 8
+10 •

139
178
266
85
295
537

150
140
163
83
162
257

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetausic, instr. +12
Radios, phonographs, television
+12
Records, sheet music, instr.
+12

+19
+20
+ 9

+14
+14
+10

568
589
618

323
385
274

+ 3

+ 7

+ 6

433

182

Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras + 2
Toys and games
0
Sporting goods and cameras
+ 7
Luggage
+10
Candy
+ 5

+ 9
" + 7
+13
+16
+ 6

+ 6
+ 3
+11
+14

635
621
663
329
474

260
263
265
125
164

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

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.




+5

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G. 7.3

MONTHLY D E P A B O O T STORE SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1964

Department
BASEMENT STORE TOTAL
Domestics and blankets
Women's, misses' ready-to-wear
. Intimate apparel
Hosiery
' Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and sportswear
Girls' we#r
Infants' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Men's and boys' wear
Men's wear
. Men's clothing
Men's furnishings
Boys' wear

Unadjusted
Percentage change from
indexes j z
correspondong period
(1947-49 av.»10flr )
a year ago
Dec. '641 Nov. '64112 mos.' 641 Dec.' 64 1 Nov. ' 64
129
206.
+ 2 . . 3 •• + 4
+ 6

153

116

+ 3

+ 9

+ 3

+ 2

+ 5

195

122

+ 5
+ 5
+ 5
+ 1
+ 2
+ 7
- 2
- 1
-2

+
+
+
+
+
-

+ 6
+ 5
+ 7
+ 3
+ 4
+10
+ 3
+ 2
+ 1

228
iZ
2/
106
115
331
294
246
2/

132
97
82
186
173
160
2/

y
2J

0

0
+ 1
+ 2
0
-2

7
9
6
9
3
9
4
1
0

+
+
+
-

+ 4

345

172

2
1
3
4

+
+
+
+

342
261
376
338

168
170
168
182

5
4
4
1

Hoeefurnishings

+ 2

+ 5

+ 4

107

119

Shoes

- 3

+ 4

+ 2

174

119

NONMERCHARDISE TOTAL

+ 9

+ 5

+ 8

228

175

Barber and beauty shop

+11

+ 4

+ 5

137

132

1/ The 1947-49 average of monthly sales for each department is used as the base in
computing indexes 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 and summary
tables for individual years after that period may be obtained, from the Division
of Administrative Services, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,
. Washington 25, D. C. The back data Include figures oh departmental stocks but
only through 1963, since such information was discontinued beginning in 1964.
2/ Data not available.
NOTE:—Based on reports from a group of large department stores located in various
cities throughout the country. In 1)63, sales at these stores accounted for
more than one third of estimated total department. store sales. 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.