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G.7.3

BOAiiD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, I960.
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1959
(Based on retail dollar amounts)

.

Summary by Selected Department Groups
Main Store
Men's
Home
and
boys'furnishwear ings

fife'
tsories

,
,
Piece 1
goods
Small
and
house- wares
hold
textiles

Basement
Miscel- store
laneous total

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100)
195?
1957
1957

106
115
135

115
120
129

93
115
151

111
120
133

83
89
95

103
113
148

85
102
183

104
113
127

1958
1958
1958
1958
1958

87
100
110
120
130

79
100
118
125
124

80
87
95
117
145

104
108
115
127
131

84
105
84
§0
88

87
94
108
117
142

95
92
89
106
170

79
97
106
115
121

1959
1959
1959
1959
1959

92
100
114
126
139

86
100
125
133
133

85
86
101
124
156

109
113
118
134
139

89
106
85
92
92

- 91
95
110
124
152

96
87
83
105
180

81
94
108
117
127

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average of end-of-month stocks = 100)
Sept. 1957
Oct. 1957
Nov. 1957

142
156
159

158
168
170

162
178
181

125
135
135 •

118
123
122

132
154
172

148:
189,
192

125
133
137

July 1958
Aug. 1958
Sept. 1958
Oct. 1958
Nov. 1958

123
128
141
154
158

129
142
157
167
170

125
136
158
173
176

119
116
123
132
133

110
106
115
121
122

124124
134
156
174

123
125
147
189
196

105
110
124
134
136

132
137
150
162
. 166

143
158
172
178
182

129
142
165
181
187

127
123
131
138
140

118
114
122
125
124

131
131
141 .
162
179

125
126
149
188
194

112
119
132
138
141

2.6
2.9
2.6

2.2
2.3
2.3

July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
Nov.

1959
1959
1959
1959
1959

/.' / . z"

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Nov. 1957
Nov. 1958
Nov. 1959

3.2
3.3
. 3.2

2.8
2.9
2.9

3.9
3.9
3.8

3.4
3.5
3.4

3.9
4.1 .
4.0

3.6
3.8
3.7

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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G.7.3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1959

8.

If

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of
a year ago
stocks tc
Stocks sales l/
Sales during (end of
period
month)
Nov. Ill mos. November 195911958Sales 1 Stocks
^

Department

I
I

GRAND TOTAL-entire store
MAIN STORE TOTAL
PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

:

+ 6

+ 5

+ 5

3.1 3.1 —

+ 7

+ 5

+ 5

3.2 3.3 139

166
124

+ 4

+ 1

+ 2

4.0 4.1 92

Piece goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods • - .
Cotton yard goods

+ 2
+ 4
-1
+1

- 1
0
- 2
- 2

+ 4
+ 3
+11
0 .

3.6
3.3
2.7
4.6

3.5
3.4
2.4
4.7

65
64
99
53

84
80
92
95

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

+
+
+
+

5
6
4
6

+ 2
+ 6
+ 1
0

+ 2
+ 3
0
0

4.1
3.9
5-2
3.5

4.2
4.0
5.4
3.7

110
126
77
131

145
138
165
143

+ 7

+ 4

+ 3

3.7 3.8 152

* 179

+10
+ 8
+ 6

+ 5
+ 4
+ 3

0
+ 2
+ 3

4.2 4.6 99
4.0 4.2 120
4.3 4.4 141

132
173
183

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

+ 8
+ 5
+ 8
+16

+ 5
+ 3
+ 4
+13

+
+
+
+

4.1
5.6
2.8
6.2

149
124
159
183

179
182
178
186

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+
+
+
+

3
7
7
7

0
+ 4
+ 7
+ 3

0 . 3.6 3.7 116
+ 3
2.7 2.8 218
2.8 2.8 181
+ 7
+ 2
2.6 2.7 234

120
212
187
218

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

+ 6

+ 6

+ 7

Women's accesso]
Neckwear and s
<
icarfs
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
dren's gloves
Women's and chil<
Corsets and bras
isieres
Women's, chili ;n's hosiery
Idrei

+ 6
+ 7
+ 1
+ 6
+13
+ 5
+ 2

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+
+
+

6
7
1
2
3
6
4

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

6
8
5
7
5
8
6
8
6

SMALL WARES
Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
V and ribbons
Notions
- -^Toilet articles, j drug sundries

Underwear, slips, and negligees
Knit underwear
Silk & muslin underwear, slips
ies,
Negligees, robe: loung. apparel
Infants' wear
Handbags, small leather goods
Idren's shoes
Women's and chi:
Children's shoe:
Women's shoes




>
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

5
6
1
3
4
6
1

+ 6
8
7
+ 7
8 . + 5
8 * +4
4
+ 3
+ 7
5
6- + 5
3' + 2
7
+ 5

4
5
4
1

4.3
5.6
2.9
7.1

2.9 2.9 133

182

3.3
2.6
3.8
1.0
3.0
3.6
3.0

3.3
2.6
3.9
1.0
3.3
3.6
3.0

132
154
82
98
166
138
98

181
221
104
89
125
193
171

3.3
3.5
3.4
2.6
2.8
2.8
5.2
5.5
5.1

3.4
3.5
3.5
2.6
2.7
2.7
5.2
5.2
5.2

125
156
101
148
164
153
130
117
133

188
250
158
195
183
218
186
196
181

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HONTHLT DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1959

i
I
F
$

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of Unadjusted
a vear aeo
stocks tc indexes
Stocks sales 1/ (1947-49
Sales during
av.=1002/)
(end of
period
month!November November
Nov. Ill mos. fovembez

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cent.)
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 clothing
Men's furnishings and hats
Boys' wear
Men's & boys' shoes, slippers
HOMEFURNISHINGS

" + 8
+ 1
0
+ 3
+11
+14
+ 8

+ 9
+ 3
0
+12
+10
+ 8
+11

2.4
2.1
1^9
3.0
2.2
1.9
2.4

2.4
2.2
2.1
2.7
2.2
2.0
2.3

133
W
132
51
167
133
209

183
144
165
91
218
182
247

6
6
7
8
6
1

+ 9
+10
+ 8
+ 9
+ 8
- 3

+ 81
+10
+ 8
+12
+ 5
+15.

2.2
1.8
2.7
2.8
2.5
4.0

2.2
1.7
2.7
2.7
2.5
3.4

101
106
102
168
103
159

154
162
154
238
142
165

+ 8

+ 7

+ 6

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

+ 7
+ 6
+ 7
+ 3
+10
+13
+ 8
+
+
+
+
+
-

7
9
7
5

+
.+
+
+

3.8

3.9 156

187

3
7
7
9

4.4
3A
3.5
5.8

4.6
3.5
3.5
5.6

181
192
177
195

143
161
167
150

+ 5

+ 5

3.4

3.4 139

140

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

+ 4 > 5
+ 4
+ 3
+ 4
+ 5
+ 8_ + 6
+ 6
+13
+ 1
+ 2

+ 6
+ 4
+ 6
+ 5
+ 3
+21

3.3
2.1
3.6
2.9
2.6
4.4

3.3
2.1
3.5
3.0
2.9
3.7

141
130
148
134
143
63

130
144
126
111
110
74

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

+
+
+
+
+
+

0
+ 4
+ 4
+12
+ 5
+ 6

3.2
3.1
5A
2.9
3.7
4.0

3.4
3.1
5.4
2.7
3.8
4.1

142
140
160
74
139
232

130
149
154
110
165
229

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

+16
+21
+ 7

+ 7 2.5
+ 6 2.2
. + ? 3,3

2.7 210
2.5 236
3.4 225

182
224
200

2.6

2.8 180

194

2.8 3.1 270
2.4 2.8 303
4.2 . 4.0 208
4.6 4.9 108
1.6 1.7 150

249
278
217
168
214

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




+ 7

7
?
6
5

6
4
4.
5
6
9

+
+
+
+
+
+

4
2
3
6
1
8

+11
+11
+ 8

+ 6

- 1

+10
+12
+ 5
+ 7
+ 9

+
+
+
+
+

4
3
4
5
4

- 1
„ o
r - 5
+ 9
+ 1
+ 1

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G.7.3

MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1959

Department

Percentage change from
cornssppfiding. period Ratio of Unadjusted
a year ago
stocks tc indexes '
Stocks sales 1/
Sales during (end o l
i
' ' period
month) iovember November
Nov. Ill mos. Wovemfceiu9590.968 SalesIStocks

BftSEMEKT STORE TOflfc

+ 5.

Domestics /uid blankets

+ 2

- 1

- 2

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

+ 5

+ 3

+ 4

. Intimate apparel
Hosiery *
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
. Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, shirts, and sportswear
Girls' wear
Infants' wear
Aprons, hdusedresses, uniforms

+ 4
+ 4
+ 4
+ 4
+ 6
+ 5
+ 6
••. 4
»+
+14

+ 4
0
+ 4
- 2 ':
*
+ 7
+ 2
+ 2
0
+ 6

+ 6 2.5
+ 5 2.2
+ 6 2.6
. 2: 1.5
+
+ 5 1.6
- 1 1.8
+ 5' 1 3
+ 4 • 2^1
— 1 2.2

2.4 122
2.2 3/
2.6 3/
1.5 93
1*6 : 79
1.9 155
1.9 173
2.1 170
2.5 2/

+ .4

2.4

2.5. 172 Tl78

+
+
+
+

2.4 2.5 168
2.7 2.6 160
2.3 2.5 173
2.2- -2*2 179

177
180
173
177

+ 3

2-3_. W

141

2.9

3.0:.110

130

2.0

2*0 119 ; 141

. + 3
.

152
2/
2/
100
117
170
180
171
2/

Men's and beys' ; i a
wsr

+ 7

+ 3

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

+ 7
+ 4
+10
+ 7

+ 3
0
+ 5
-+ 4

0

- 1

- 1

2.3

2.4 122

109

+ 6

3.5

3A

122

137

2/

2/

153

2/

2/

.2/

113

2/

Homeframishings •

4
6
3
6

Shoes

+ 5

+ 4

NOHMERCHANDISE TOTAL

+ 6

+ 5

Barber and beauty shop

- 1

+>7 - : 2//

3/

The rgrtio of stocks to sales is obtained by dividing stocks, at the end of the
month ty salefc during the month and hence indicates the number of months' stpply
on hand at the end of the month in terms of sales for that month.
H The 19*7-49 -average of monthly sales and end-of-oonth stocks; for each,
department ±s used as the base in computing sales and stocks indexes,
respectively, for that department; For description of aeries, see pages. 114649 of the November 1953 Federal Reserve Bulletin. A brochure containing
bade data fori 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.
2j Data not available.
Note:—Baded 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. Not all stores report data for all of the departments
shown; consequently, the1 sample fbr the individual departments is not so
comprehensive as that for the total.