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BOARD OF GOVSaOjeR& DF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
G.7.3

. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 1957
MONTHLY"" DEPARTMENT STORE' SAIES AND STOCKS, • BY DEPARTMENTS'
UNITED STATES,- December 1956
. (Based on retail dollar amounts)

Summary By Selected Department Groups
Main Store
Piece
•BaseWomen's
l&n's
goods
ment
Main apparel
Home
and and
Small JfiLscel-' •
store
store
and
furnishboys'
house- wares laneous total
total accesings
wear
hold
sories
textiles
SAIES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 191*7-1*9 average monthly sales = 1C)0)
"

Oct. 19&Nov. 1954
Dec. 195U
Ju ly 1955 ;
Aug.. 1955 :
Sept. 1955.
Oct.; 1955 V
Nov. 1955
Dec. 1955
July 1956
Aug. 1956 •
Sept. 1956
Oct. 1956.:
Nov. 1956
Dec., 1956.

109
127
195
\
..
.

..
.
'

112
120
181

113
123
139

89
9*
1
111*

105
137
258

7U
.. 77
.
95
116
157
285

97
107
111
121*
131
11*8

71
101*
83
92
96
118

75
86
101
111
11*6
265

-81
79
85
102
181*
350

72
. 82
99
.111*
163
278

99
109
109
126
135
11*9

80
105
85
93
99
117

80
92
100
113.
150
271

llh

119
126
189

13k
203

110
129
177

95
172
335,

71
91

. 78
93
106
116

.109
11*8
277

81
7*
1
98 • 100
108
118
118 . 122
11*0
133
,202 . . 188

76
93
107
116
132
.180

83 .
77
. 8*
1
" 98
. 109
85
102
117
-190
1|35
31*6
177

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 191*7-1*9 average of end-of-month stocks = 100)
Oct. 1951
Nov. 195U
Dec.. 1951*

132
135
108

109

1U2

11*9
152
110

115
115
106

110
111
111

July 1955
Aug. 1955
Sept.1955
Oct. 1955
Nov. 1955
Dec. 1955

110
117
127
138
11*3
115 "

113
128
11*0
11*9
153
117

111
125
11*2
156
, 160
. 116

109
107
113
120
122
111*

101*
102
109
115 V
117
116

July 1956
Aug. 1956
Sept.1956
Oct. 1956
Nov. 1956
Dec. 1956

119
126
135
150
15U
122

122
138
11*7
162
.161*
121*

. 121
135
.152
172
171*
128

1.3'
1.3
.1.1*

4.3

11*0

.120 ' 110

131
11*6
110

158
165
9*
1

' 109
111
119
137
155
118

106
110
127
163
172
. 100

121*

101 '
108

• ni
128
132
102

117
122
131
.131
, 120

108
113
121 121
,
120

117
119
126
11*7
165
125

111*
119
136
178
185
101*

104

120
133
1?6
103

,2.7
, 2.6
i,2.8

3.0
3.0
3.1

1.1*
1.1*
1.5

0.7
0.7
-0.8

1.1
1.2
1.2

1:0

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Dec. 195U
Dec. 1955
Dec. 1956

1.6
1.6
1.7

i.3

Figures for departments withiri groups given on following pages.




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0.7*3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - December 1956

Department

GRAND TOTAL-entire store

Percentage charige from
corresponding period
a year ag
lo
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
Dec.
Dec.1Jan.-Dec.
-1

+3

'

+6

Unadjusted
indexes
(1917-19
av. - 100 £/)
December December
1956|1?55 Sales|Stocks

Ratio of
stocks to
sales 1/

1.6

1.5

—

—

202

122

.

-1

+3

+6

1.7

1.6

-1

+2

+3

3.1

3.0

117

120

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

-5
-1
-U
-8

-2

+1
+2
-3

-2
+1

a. 2
*8
' 3.3
5.1

l*.o
3.8
3.2
5.0

58
55
73
55

81*
76
79
108

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

0
+1
+2
-1

+3
+3
+h
+3

-A

2.8
2.2
4.2
2.6

2.7
2.2
1*.0
2.5

160
196
109
167

11*0
121
181
131

+1

4l*

46

1.5

1.!*

271

125

+b
+3

+i*

+2

2.5
2.2
l.U

2.1*
2.2
1.3

136
165
301

107
132
126

1.7
2.8
1.0
2.3

1.5
2.5
0.9
2.1

269
209
291
366

132
150
122
132
109
122
120
119

.188

121*

209
301
250
90
280
159
10
261
301*
231
317
223
296
11*8
163
1**
11

121*
131
66
70
91
162
122
108
206
102
81*
122
122
1M*
139
11*5

m m

STORE TOTAL

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEUOID TEXTILES

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

+2

-2

-3
+5

+2
48

+6
+8

+7

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

-h

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

-1
+2
+2
+1

+2
+5
+7
+U

+9
+7

3.0 2.9
136
0.9 0.9
377
1.0 0.9 * 310
0.9 0.8
LOO

0

+3

46

1.1* 1.3

-2
-2.
-7
-6
-6
+1
-7
-2
+1
-4
-1*
0
+2
0
+1
0

+3
+3
-1
+6
+2

+5
+1
-3
45
+11

-1

+7
43
4l*
4**
42
42

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND 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 6 muslin underwear, slips
Negligees, robes, loung. apparel
Infants' wear
Handbags, small leather goods
15omen's and children's "shoes
Children's shoes
Women's shoes




-2
-6
0

+1
-

46

-1

+6

+7
'

+h
0

+2
-1
+1 \
+3
+U
^5
+3
+5

+3
0
+8

48

46

47
+7
47

1.5
0.8
0.8
0.8
1.1
2.7
1.3
• 0.9
1.1

l.k

0.8
0.8
0.7
1.0
2.5
1.1
0.9
1.0
1 . 0 0.9
0 . 5 0.5
l.l* 1.1*
0 . 8 0.8
3.7 3.5
3.0 2.8
3.9 3.7

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Page 3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - December 1956
Percentage chair f from
ie
corresponding period Ratio of
p°
stocks to
a year a
<
Stocks sales 1/
Sales during (end of
period
- month)December
Dec,|Jan.-Dec,
Dec. 195611955

Department

Unadjusted
indexes .
(19U7-U9.,
av. = 100 2/)
December
Sales|Stocks

WOMEN'S APPAREL," ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women's, misses' coats & 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

*
* 1 " + 1
+ 7
+ 6
0
+ 3
+ 8
+ h
0
0 * + 5
0
+ 6
+ u
+ 7
+ 8
+ 8
+ 6
+ 1
*
+ 6
+ 2

1.1*
1.9
1.6
3.0
1.1
1.1
1.0

166
1.3
1.8 ' 100
1.5 n 5
2.8
55
1.0
20l*
1.1
155
1.0
261*

125
113
122
.86
121*
120
127

h

1.6
1.1
2.1
1.1
1.3
2.1

116
1.5
1.1
122
2.0 ;112
1.0
261
1.1* 11*9
1.8
208

121*
116
130
11*9
108
110

+
+
+
-

1
2
2
2
1
3

+

+
+
+
+
+

5
3
5 '
2
5

+ 6
+1*
+ 7
+12
-3
+ 7

- 2

+ 1

+10

1.5

1.3

278

128

+

2
3
3
2

+
+
+
+

2
1
2
1
*

+ 9
+11
+ 7
+13

2.7
1.0
1.5
2.5

2.1*
0.9
1.1*
2.3

185
31*9
252
252

139
120
111
1**
11

0

+ 1
*

+ 6

2.8

2.6

11*9

120

0
1
1
2
1
2

>5
+ 2
+ 6
+ 1
*
+1
*
* 5

+
+
+
t
+
+

6
1
7
3
5
6

h.2

M.3
k.6
it.5
5.5

3.9
3.3
3.9
1*.3
1*.3
5.0

H 5
86
121
88
91
16
*

128
159
123
110
115
6*
1

Draperies, curtains, upholstery
-3
Lamps and shades
- 2
+•
>1
China and glassware
* i
*
Major household appliances
Housewares (incl. small appliances) - 2
+ 1
Gift shop

+ 2
+ 3
> 1
*
0
+ 3
+ 5

<5
+ 5
+ 3
+ 3
+ 9
+ 6

3.6
2.0
2.9
3.0
2.2
1.1*

3.3
1.9
2.7
2.7
1,9
1.1*

120
179
21*5
69
191*
2*01

118
118
121*
101
132
11*6

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmisic, infitr. +11
+ 8
Radios, phonographs, television
Records, sheet music, instr. +1h

• 9
+ 5
*17

+ 1
*
- a
+19

1.0
0.9
1.2

1.1
1.0
1.1

285
272
381*

99

116

+ 2

+ 1
*

0.8

0.7

31*6

101*

*•2

+ 6
+ 2
*11
+ 8
+ 6

0.7
0.5
1.1*
1*6
0.3

0.6
0.5
1.2
1.1*
0.3

517
582
375
252
337

115
305.
12?
1?1

MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR
Men's clothing .
lien's furnishings and hats
Boys' wear
Men's & boys' shoes, slippers
HOKEFURNISHIKGS
Furniture and bedding
Mattresses, springs, studio beds
Upholstered, other furniture
Domestic floor coverings
Rugs and carpets
Linoleum

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEP3S.

+
-

- 1

Toys, games, sporting good?, cameras - 1
Toys and games
- 2
+ 1
Sporting goods and cameras
I«ggage
- 2
Candy
0




0
+ 6
+ 5
+ 6

3.1*

98

93

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G.7.3

MONTHLI BEPAKEMBZT STORE SALES AHD STOCKS, BY BEPABTMBHTS (Continued)
UNTIED STATES - December 1956

Department

BASEW3RT STORE TOTAL

Percentage change from
correspond tng period Ratio of
stocks to
a year ago
Sales during Stocks sales 1/
(end of
period
month) December
Dec. 1 Jan.-Dec. Dec,
,
195611955
- 2

+ 1

+ 1

1.2

1.2

2.3

Unadjusted
Indexes
(1947.49
av.=100 2/)
December
Sales 1Stocks
177

103
134

Domestics and blankets

- 2

+ 2

0

2.2

143

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

- 2

+ 1

+ 1

1.0 0.9

165

+
+
-

5
8
2
2
2
2
2
1
4

0
- 1
+ 1
0
+1
+ 6
+ 2
+ 1
- 1

+ 1
0
0
- 7
+ 1
+ 1
+ 3
- 1
0.

1;1
lil
1;1
1*3
0;9
0;9
0;8
1;0
1.0

1.1
1.0
1.1
1.4
0.8
0.8
0;7
1.0
1.0

192
2/
l!
79
114,
220
243
232
1/

0

+ 1

+ 4

0.9

0.9 278

110

+
+
+
+

1
2
1
2

+
+
+
+

0;9
1*5
Oil
1.0

0.9
'1*5
0.6
0.9

278
200
315
260

111
120
100
105

0

- 2

2.4 2.3

117

106

Intinate apparel
Hosiery
. 'Jrdorwear, corsets & brassieres
Costs and suits
Dresses
^louses, 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
Homefurhlshlngs

0
+ 3
-2
+ 1
- 3

6
3
8
3

97
107
1/
H
78
89
108
101
110
1/

Shoes

- 1

+ 2

+ 4

2.3

2.1

154

110

NDNMBRCHASDISE TOTAL

- 2

+ 5

2/

l!

1/

155

n

Barber and beauty shop

-4

+ 2

H

3/ 115

a

3/

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. (J.
2/ Data not available.
Notes—Based on reports from a group of large department stores located in various
cities throughout the country. In 1955, sales and stocks at these stores accounted for almost 50 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.