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FEDERAL
statistical

RESERVE

release

G.7.3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
.February 24» 1966.
UNITED. STATES - DECEMBER 1965
iased on retail dollar amounts)
luoaary by Selected department Groups '.

Piece
: .
goods
and
Aiscelm
Small
house- wares
laneous
hold
textiles
(Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales • 100]

Main
store
total

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

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

Women's
apparel
and
accessories

Men's
and
boys'
wear

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

1964
1964
' 1964
1964
1964
1954
July
1964
Aug.
1964
Sept. 1964
Oct.
1964
Nov.
1964
Dec.
1964

105
99
121
117
128
123
109
119
130
143
158
269

97
97
140
125
131
114
100
121
141
152
151
245

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

108
97
118
131
129
125
114
123
139
147
174
288

98
94
' 126
150
135
116
107
123
146
155
165
260

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965
1965

Home
furnishings

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

90
86
108
' 107
119
151
104
109
123
145
180
374

111
116
113
124
131
132
126
127
137
149
163
206

157
79
79
86
117
85
110
124
96
100
102
137

94
89
102
130
• 133
156
109
115
133
152
199
400

116
113
128
- 117
r
; 130
132
129
130
151
156
183
225

158
75
85
83
92
85
113
129
99
99
108
142

170
98
106
111
127
119 .
100
111
117
128
158
352

147
71
79
78
. 89
78
100
120
86
96
97-.
132

:

,

78
77
89
106
105
116
100
100
87
105
170
419

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

114
109
116
116
135
133 .
109
115
128
139
172
383

86
85
107
95
111
128
108
110
95
112.
182
433

81
77
110
106
111
108
87
108
116
125.
129
208

116
110
122
127
134
141
118
124 '
139 .
146 ?
193
423

94
84
92
120
112
130
114
103
100
115
199
455

Figures for department# within groups given on £ollowing pages.




Basement
store
total

80
73
99
119
110
107
-88
107
119
121
136
210

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G. 7.3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1965
-h
Department

Unadjusted
indexes

Percentage change from
corresponding period

1
5
Dec '65lNov'65112 mos e6: Dec'65 I Nov, 65
+10
+ 4
*
+ 7
—
—

GRAND TOTAL - entire store
MAIN STORE TOTAL

+ 7

+10

+ 5

288

174

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

+ 4

+ 6

+ 2

142

108

+

2
4
5
5

0
+ 2
- 1
+ 3

-

5
5
7
6

59
54
89
48

68
69
114
50

+
+
+
. +

5
6
7
2

+ 9
+ 9
+12
+ 5

+
+
+
+

4
5
5
4

202
252
149
198

135
155
106
146

>11

+12

+ 7

423

193

+ 6
+ 4
+13

+ 7
+ 8
+13

+ 4
+ 2
+ 9

179
246
530

112
139
202

+15
+15
+11
+21

+18
+21
+11
+25

+12
+16
+ 5
+17

407
312
388
724

185
177
165
273

0
+ 8
+ 8
+ 8

+ 2
+10
+ 8
+10

+
t
+

168
557
422
599

136
265
209
284

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

+ 6

+ 9

+ 4

260

165

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

+ 4
+ 3
+ 1
+10
- 1
+ 5
- 2

+ 8
+ 6
+ 5
+16
+ 7
+ 7
+ 4

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

266
331
201
120
376
258
184

154
174
77
107
198
178
110

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

+ 6
+ 4
+ 5
+10
+ 5
+10
+ 2
+ 4
+ 2

+ 8
+ 6
+ 8
+11
+ 6
+13
+ 7
+ 3
+ 8

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

335
400
269
475
264
404
200
181
207

150
185
115
201
178
184
154
125
163

Piece goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods
Cotton yard goods
Household textiles
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins, sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads
SflALL WARES
Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
Toilet articles, drug sundries
Silverware and jewelry
Silver 7Sre and clocks
Costume jewelry
Fine jewelry and watches
Art needlework
Books ar.d stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery




\

1
6
4
6

4
2
4
7
3
5
2
1
3

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Page 3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES-DECEMBER 1965

Department

Unadjusted
Percentage change from
Indexes
corresponding period
X1947-49av.'
a year ago
1
Dec. 551 Nov.' 65112 mos.'fib D e c 6 5 * 1 1 Nov. '65

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women's,misses' coats and suits
Women's,misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors' and girls' wear
Juniors1 coats, suits, dresses
Girls' wear

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

9
8
8
9
8
9
8

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

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

5
2
3
1
5
5
4

254
154
181
81
324
279
379

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

+12
+12
+12
+ 6
+ 2
+23

+12
+ 6
+12
+ 9
+ 9
+29

+ 5
+ 4
+ 6
+ 5
+ 2
+14

171
192
155
413
170
321

135
137
131
: 236
124
209

.+ 7

+11

+ 6

400

199

8
6
9
1

+12
+10
+11
+ 7

+
+
+
+

7
6
6
4

285
489
356
352

* 200
198
202
182

+ 9

+13

+ 5

225

183

153
111
170
110
110
43

185
167
200
163
177
51

MEN* S AND BOYS' WEAR
Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
and boys' shoes, slippers

HOMEFURNISHINGS

+
+
+
+

.
>

176
140
167
62
212
186
243

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

+ 7
+11
+ 7
+ 5
+ 4
+22

+12
+13
+12
+ 6
+ 1
+ 8

+
+
+
+
+
+

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

+ 6
+ 6
+ 7
+ 5
+ 8
+12

+ 8
+11
+10
+12
+ii
+13

+ 2
+ 4
+ 4
0
+ 3
+ 8

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheet music, instr.
Radios, phonographs, television
Records, sheet music, instr.

+16
+17
+11

+28
+35
+14

+18
+21
+ 8

658
687
687

+ 9

+ 5

455

199

" + 7
+ 7
+ 8
+19
+10

+ 4
+ 4
+ 4
1-12
+ 4

661
648
690
374
495.

279
282
285
149
180

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




• + 5
+ 4
+ 4
+ 4
+14
+ 4

3
4
4
3
2
7

:

148
' : 188
284
90
318
601 ' '

f

'

162
156
179
92
179
291

414
518
313

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Page 4
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE S A L E S B Y DEfr/&TMlENTS
UNITED STAGES - "DECEMBER 1965

Department

. ,r * .
.

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL
Dopestics^and blankets

Intimate apparel
Hosiery
r
.
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
,
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and sportswear.
Girls' wear
r .
Infants' wear Aprons, housedresses, uniforms .
•.

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

Shoes

+ 3
+
+
+
+

2
1
3
4
9

+ 1

+ 6

- •

'

NONMERCIANDISE* .TOTAL
Barber and beauty shop

210

+ 1

...

^

200

+ 3

- i
t 3

6
8
7
7
3
2
6

-,1

'+ 5

0

+ 5
+ 8
+ 5
+13

0

t 3

+ 5

129
141

F

- 6

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

- 3

1+

8

t 6

136
.124

234

. - 1
+, 1
. - 2
t 1

Men'p and boys' wear

Homefurnishinga

47

>,4

Women's, misses 1 ready-to-wear

Unadjusted
indexes
j#
f 196-7-49 a\s * 100"" )

Percentage change from
corresponding period
\ . .—
a
aeo
[pec.r650
4 5
+ 1

'
- 2

., 342 .

tr
.

292
243
y

368

0

+ 2

- 1
+ 7

,+ 4

+ 4

177
182
175
m

110

- 2

+13

i
105
88
199
178
164
it

.

125

168

122

245

196'
136 *

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 mgy be obtained f roip the Division
of Administrative Services, Board of Governors of the Federal.Reserve System,
Washington 25, D. C. The back data include figures ori departmental stocks but
only through 1963, since such information was discontinued beginning in 1964.
2/Data not available.
-.
„ • .
NOTE:—Based qn reports from a group of large department stores located in various
cities throughout the country. In 1964 sales at these stores ac.co«otad for
about 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.




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FEDERAL

0
G.7.3

RESERVE

ti$NTHLy jDEPAR^ffiNT_STORE SALES, BY DEPARTMENTS
NOTICE OF TERMINATION

This is the final G.7.3 monthly departmental sales report
for department stores to be issued by the Board of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System.
During the past few years, national statistical agencies
in consultation with representatives from retailing have been working
to improve the statistics on retail trade. The Bureau of the Census,
which has general responsibility for the retail trade statistics programs of the Federal Government, is broadening its activities in this
field and, at the same time, the Federal Reserve is transferring appropriate parts of its retail trade data collection program to that agency.
There are no plans to continue the departmental reports.
However, the Census Bureau includes departmental sales summaries for
total retail trade and for selected kinds of business in its quinquennial Census of Business programs. Figures from the Retail
Census of Business for 1963 are the latest available.
Users of the System's department store reports may also
be interested to know that arrangements have been made for the Census
Bureau to develop monthly estimates of total department store sales,
effective with figures for February 1956, for approximately the same
group of 200 standard metropolitan statistical areas and cities
heretofore shown on the Board's national G.7.2 report. The data
will be published in the form of dollar volume estimates and percentage changes in sales and will supplement the local retail sales
statistics already published each month in the Census Bureau's
"Monthly Retail Trade Report".
At present,^these local statistics relate to the 20 largest metropolitan areas. Separate figures are shown for total
retail trade, total non-durable goods stores, and total GAF stores
(i.e. department and other general merchandise stores, apparel
stores, and furniture and appliance stores).
In addition, the Census Bureau publishes a "Weekly Retail
Sales Report" containing broad kind-of-business information at the
national level; separate figures for department stores are shown in
this report. However, the sample design used by Census to develop
these weekly sales estimates will not produce data below the United
States level, and consequentlyWeekly sales statistics for individual areas will not be available from Census.
All inquiries concerning the availability of the various
Census reports should be addressed to:




Mr. Harvey Kailin, Chief,
Business Division,
Bureau of the Census,
Suitland, Maryland 20023