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IN
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OF GCMfiiiNOtiS OF Thh FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

19:3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 195Q.

}.7.r

'AKTHENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
O E BR
UNITED STATES - N V M E 1957
(Based on r e t a i l dollar amounts) .
Summary by Selected- Department Groups
Main Store
riece
Women's Men's
goods
apparel and
Main
Home ,
and
Miscelstore
and
boys' f ur nish- house- wares laneous
total
acces- wear
ings
hold
sories
textiles
SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 191*7-1*9 average monthly sale's - 100)
Sept. 1955
Oct. 1955
Nov. 1955

• • 106
116
131*

111*
119
. 126

95
116
157

111
121*
131

88
92
96

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

81
96
108
118
11*0

71*
100
118
• 122
133

72
82
99
111*
163

99
109
109
126
135

July 1957
Aug. 1957
Sept. 1957
Oct. 1957
Nov. 1957

86
102
96
115
135

78
105
115
120
129

77
87
93
115
111*

101*
110
111'
120
133

;

Basement
store
total

101
111
11*6

85
102
M

80
105
85
93
9?

80 ;
92
100
113
150

83
v
81* .
85.
102
.
199

81
106
83
89

,81*
95
103
113
11*8

%

A

91
92
• 85-:
102
ib

107
;i6
132
77
98
109
117
135
79
101
101*
113
127

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 191*7-1*9 average of end-of-month stocks - 100)
Sept.1955
Oct. 1955
Nov. 1955

"

•

127
138
11*3

12*0
11*9
153

11*2
156
1S0

113
120
122

109
115
117

119
137
155

127
163
172

119
126
135
150
15k

122
138
11*7
162
161*

121
135
152
172
171*

120
117
122
131
131

110
108
113
121
121

117
119
126
11*7
165

111* ;
119
136
178
185 '

132
11*5
158
168
170

128
11*1
162
178
181

123
120
125
135
135

115
110
118
123
122

121*
121*
132
151*
172

121
121*
11*8
W
192

2.6
2.7
2.8

3*3
3.5
3.9

3.2
3.3
M

3.7 '
3*7 '
3.9

3.3
3.5
3.6

July 1956
Aug. 1956
Sept, 1956
Oct. 1956
Nov. 1956

•

July 1957
Aug. 1957
Sept.1957
Oct. 1957
Nov. 1957

126
131
•* 11*2;
- • 156
• 159

•

119
128
132
101*
110
120
: z. 133
136

;

107
111
125
133
137

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Nov. 1955
Nov. 1956
Nov. 1957

2.9
3.1
3*2

2.3
' 2.5
2.6

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




2.1
2.1
2.2
- •

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G.7.3
MONTHLY• DEPARTMENT STORE SAI£S AND STOCKS, B DEPARTMENTS
Y
UNITED STATES - N V M E
O E BR

-

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a year ago
Sales during Stocks
(end of
period
month)
Nov# | Jan. -Nov. Nov,

Department

G A D TOTAL-etitire store
RN

0

-3

+3

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks t o indexes
sales y
(19U7-U9,
av.=1002/)
November
November
195711956 SalesjStocks
3.0

2.9

—

—

MAIN STORE TOTAL'

-3

0

+ 3

3.2

3.1

135

159

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD' TEXTILES

- r

- 1

+ 1

3.9

3.7

95

122

Piece goods
S i l k s , velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods
Cotton yard goods

-6
-5
0
- 9

-U
- k
- 2
- 5

+
-

1
1
6
2

3.5
3.a
2.6
a.6

3.a
3.2
2.a
a.3

68
6a
99
58

85
79
86
100

Household t e x t i l e s
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins, sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads

- 2
- 2
0

0
+ l
0
+ i

+
+
+

1
3
3
6

3.9
3.9
a.7
3.3

3.8
3.6
a.s
3.2

na
12a
82
iai

ia2
13a
157
ia6

- 1

+ i

+ 4

3.6

3.5

ias

172

Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
^
Toilet a r t i c l e s , drug sundries .

- 8
- 1 0

- i
0
+ 2

+ 6
+5
+5

a.a 3.9
3.9 3.7
a.2 a.o

96
118
139

13a
165
176

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

- 1
-5
+ 2
- 1

-

2
3
1
3

+ l
+ l
- a
+10

a.2
5.a
2.8
6.5

a.i
5.1
3.1
5.9

ia3
127
ia9
165

173
180
170
175

+
*
+
*

1
3
h
3

+1
+ 6
+ h
+ 6

3.5 3.6
2.6 2.a
2.7 2.5
2.5 2.a

119
212
172
229

120
200
17a
205

-3

+ 1

• 3

2.8

129

170

-5
-11
-10
-12
-11
*$
-5

0
- 1
- 2
-5
-k
* h
-a

+
+
+
+
+
•

3.3 3.0
2.6 2.2
3.6 3.3
1.1 0.9
3.3 2.9
3.5 3.a
2.9 2.8

130
157
92
93
153
135
96 .

171
222
112
93
127
178
159

-7
-5
- 9
- 8
-5
- 2
0
-U
+ 1

- 2
0
- a
- 2
+ 1
+ 2
+3
+1
+ 3

+1
+6
0
+ 2
+ a
+ a
• 5
+ 9

3.1
3.a
3.3
2.5
2.6
2.7
5.3
5.2
5.3

126
156
102
ia?
163
150
122
116
123

178
235
150
182
171
201
l?a
16a
169

SMALL WARES

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

__ _

WOMEN'S APPAREL A D ACCESSORIES
N
Women's accessories
Neckwear and s c a r f s
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women's and children's gloves
Corsets and brassieres
Women's, children's hosiery
Underwear, s l i p s , and negligees
Knit underwear
Silk & muslin underwear, s l i p s
Negligees, robes, loung. apparel
I n f a n t s ' wear
Handbags, small leather goods
Women's and children's shoes
^.Children's shoes
"""" Women's shoes




1
2
3
1

k
6
1
8
a
6
0

•5

2.7

2.9
3.1
3.0
2.3
2.a
2.6
5.1
a.7
5.2

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M N H T DEPARTMENT STORE.SAIES A D STOCKS, B DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
OTL
N
Y
UNITED STATES - N V M E
O E BR

• Department

Percentage charige from
corresponding period Ratio of
a year ag»o
stocks t o
Stocks sales 1/
Sales during
(end of
period
month) November
Nov.-| Jan.-Nov. Noverate1 195711956

Unadjusted
indexes
(191*7-1*2,
avw*\QQ&
November
Sales|Stocks

WOiEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cent.)
ft omen's apparel
Women's, misses' ctiats & s u i t s
Women's, misses'coats
Women's, misses' s u i t s
Juniors 1 and g i r l s ' wear
Juniors' coats, s u i t s , dresses
G i r l s ' wear
Viomen's and misses 1 dresses
Inexpensive dresses
Better .dresses
Blouses, s k i r t s , sportswear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Furs
*

0
+ 1
0
- 3
+ 1
- 1

+ 2
- 3
-3
- 3
+3
>3
+U -

- 1
- 2
+ 1
-10
+ 1
+ U
- 2

MEN'S A D BOYS* W A "
N
ER
Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
it boys' shoes^ slippers

HOMEFURNISHINGS
Furniture and bedding
Mattresses, springs, studio beds
Upholstered, other f u r n i t u r e
Domestic floor coverings
Rugs and carpets
Linoleum

- 8

2.3
1.9
1.7
2.9
2.1
1.9
2.2

+ 1
+2
- 1
+ 1
*
+ 3
+5

+
+
+
+
+
+

3 2.1 2.1
3 1.7 1.6
1 2.7 2.6
*
2 2.7 2.6
6 V2.5 2.1*
1 3.6 3.5

- 1

2.3
129
1.9
113
. 1.7 135
2.6 " 51
2.0 157
2.0 123
2.1 198

167
135
157
86
192
166
211*

99
101
99
159
100
152

11*3
11*1*
11*7
223
137
11*0

+ u

3.9 3 . 5

111*

181

0
- 9
- 3
- 9 .> + 1
- 1
*
+3

+
+
+
+

U.6
3.1*
3.U
5.7

137
157
160
lli3

183
185
L6&
L81

- 1

-1

+ 2

3.14. 3.3

133

135

0
+ 1
*
0
-1
0
-3

0
0
+ 1
-1
0
0

• 2
-u
+ u
+ 1
- 1
- 8

3.1*
2.0
3.6
3.3
3.0
1*.5

11*0
130
11*6
125
131
56

130
139
126
113
115
70

- 3
- 2
+ 1
-1*
0 ,
•1..

+3
+ 1
+ k.,
-5
0
+ 3

3.3 3.2 \ n * i
2.9 2.8 : 11*2
5.5 5 . 1 155
2.6 2.6
72
3.8 3.7
131
h.l 3.8 210

131
139
152
91*
157
211

•
Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmusic, i n s t r . + 7
Radios, phonographs, television
* 8
Records, sheet music, i n s t r .
+3

1
*
2
6
6

U.3
3.1
3.0
5.2

3.3
2.1
3.5
3.2
3.1
i*.8

1

— 1*

Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras - 6
Toys and games
- 9
Sporting goods and cameras
+ 1*
Luggage
- 3
Candy
-3




3
1
1
1
+ It
+ 3
+ h

- $

Draperies, curtains, upholstery !•
- 1
Lamps and shades "
-u
China and glassware
-5
"Major household appliances
- 6
Housewares ( i n c l . small appliances) - 3
Gi ft shop
-5

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.

;

+
+
+
-

+ 5
+ 3
> 8

'

+11* 2.k
+12 2.0
+17 . 3 . 2

2.3
2.0
2.8

185
201*
209

ik
178
177 .

> 2 '

• 1
*

2.6

2.5

183

192

+ 1
- 3
+8
- 1
+ 2

+ U
* 3
+ 8
0
+1U

2.8
2.5
U.o
1*.5
1.6

2.6
2.2
3.9
1*«1*
1.3

269
306
196
111*
11*2

2**
11
287
192
171
191*

M N H Y DEPARTMENT Sl'GtiE SALES A D STOCKS, EC DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
OTL:
N
UNITED STATES - N V M E
O E BR

Department

Percentage chailge from
corresponding period
a year agso-.
Stocks
Sales during (end of
period
month)
Nov.|Jan.-Nov. Nov.

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks t o indexes
sales 1/ (19U7-U9,
av.=100fZ
November November
1957(1956 Sales|Stocks

-5

- 1

+ 1

2.2

2.1

127

137

Domestics and blankets

- k

- 2

- 2

2.8

2.8

118

136

% omen's, misses' ready-to-wear

-5

- 1^

+1

1.9

1.8

119

137

- 5
— 8
-5
- 1
- 3
- h
-5
- 9
- 3

- 1
- u
0
- 3
- 1
+ 2
+ 1
- 1
- k

- 1
- 1
0
+ 2
+ 3
+ 2
+ 3
+ li
- 3

2.U
2.2
2.5
l.U
1.5
2.0
1.8
2.1
2.3

2.3 . 122
2.1
3/
2.U
3/
l.U
95
l.U
78
1.9
156
1.7
175
1.8 171
2.3
3/

lUk
y
i/
97
109
180
17 U
165
3/

0

+ 5

2.U 2.1

168

170

2.U 2.1
2.5 2.3
2.3 2.0
2.3 2.0

166
160
168
173

170
167
172
166

BASfcMENT STORE TOTAL

Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and s u i t s
Dresses
Blouses, s k i r t s , and sportswear
G i r l s ' wear
Infants'* wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Men's and boys' wear
Men's wear
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings .
Boys' wear
Homefurnishings

- 8

,

- 7
- k
- 9
-11

0
+ 1
-1
+1

+
+
+
+

- 2

- 3

-U

2.3

2.3

129

112

3.6

129

5
7
5
3

Shoes

- 7

- 1

0

3.U

Ilk

NONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

-3

+3

3/

3/

2/

1U9

3/

Barber and beauty shop

+ 1

+ 1

31

3/

3/

111

3/

1/ The r a t i o of stocks t o sales i s obtained by dividing stocks a t 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 i n terms of sales f o r that month.
2/ The 19U7-U9 average of monthly sales and end-of-month stocks f o r each department
i s used as the base i n computing sales and stocks indexes, respectively, f o r
that department. For description of s e r i e s , see pages llU6-i;9 of the November
1953 Federal Reserve Bulletin. A brochure containing back data f o r the departs
mental series f o r the period 191*0-1952, inclusive, may be obtained from the
Division of Administrative Services, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
System, Washington 2$, D. C.
.
3/JDat£ not available.
Note:—Based on reports frcm a group of large department stores located in various
c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1956, sales and stocks a t these stores accounted f o r almost 50 per cent of estimated t o t a l department store sales and
stocks. Not a l l stores report data f o r a l l of the departments shown; consequently, the sample f o r the individual departments i s not so comprehensive as
• t h a t for the t o t a l .