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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1 5 > 1 9 5 8 .

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STCIiE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - MAY 1958
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Summary by Selected Department Groups X

Main Store

Main
store.
total

foments
apparel
and
accessories

Men's
Home
and
furnishboys'
ings
wear

Piece
goods
and
household
textiles

Small
t

tiiscellaneous

Basement
store
total

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100)
Mar. 1956
Apr. 1956
May 1956

106
• 94
107

121
98
109

95
79
97

99
105
115

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1957
1957
1957
1957
1957

91
82
• 97
104
108

84
81
105
120
111

78
67
77
98
98

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1958
1958
1958
1958
1958

91
76 •
101
• 99
106

84
72
112
108
109

76
64.
82
88
97

r

75
79
89

98
93
108

97
77
9k

108
• 9h
,
108

101
96
105
96
115 *

139
71
77
73
89

95
90
92
97
110

65
67
81
94
99

81
73
94
111
107

99
87
104
98
112

137
63
74 .
73
84

98
88
98
97
111

71
68
92
91
102

78
. 65
98
100
103

.

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average df end-of-month stocks = 100)
Mar. 1956
Apr. 1956
May 1956

130
133
130

138
138
131

134
142

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1957
1957
1957
1957
1957

121 126
138
139
136

125
134
148
144 '
139

ia
132
145
149
152

Jan.
Feb.
'iar.
Apr.
May

1958
1958
1958
1958
1958

122 : •
128 '
135 *
135
132 •

126
138
143
111
134

2.6
2.6
2.6

130
131
129
i:

120
1122

' 124
130
128

114
115
112
•
"

136 "
135

111
114
118
119
116

124 1
133
141
147
147

121
122
132
132
130

110
112
115
114
112

4.7
4.9
4.8

3.8
3.9
3.9

3.8
3.9
4.0

.

115
118
121

118
122
118

123
123
132
138
134

118
112
124
123
•126

104
112
122
122
121

123
117
123
124
127

104
113
118
120
117

3.2
3.3
3.2

2.2
2.3
2.3

124 '
126
132
' -• 138
135

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SAIES
iay 1956
A y 1957
19#

"3.3
3.4
3.4

3.7
• 3.8
• 3.8

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, EX DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - MAX

Department

SgSfeig
(Unadjusted
Percent
corresponding period
a„ year a^o
Storks
Sales during (end of
-~£5y" ~
May
"
period
month/ io<ET|T957 [Sales jpiccks
- 2

•IAIN STORE TOTAL

i

PISCEKlboDS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

- 2
- $ ^

- 3

3.2

3.2

- 2

GRAND TOTAL-entire store

-3

3.U

3.4

106

132

- 3

U.O

3.9

8U

112

3.6 3.6
3.5 3.7
15.2 13.2
2.7 2.6

63
54

-*u

-

- 6
- 5
- 6
-7

- 4

4.1
U.7
3.6
3.9

U.O
U.5
3.5
3.8

98
90
10U
104

128

- 2
- 3

- 3
0
- 4
- 6

+ 1

+ 2

+ 1

3.8

3.8

111

135

Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
and ribbons
Hotions
Toilet articles, drug sundrieS

-10
- 7
+ 5

- 8
- 1

U.2
3.4
3.3

3.9
3.2
3.U

99
127

+ 6

- 2
+ 2
0

132
157
130

Silverware and jewelry
Silverware and clocks
Costume jewelry j
Fine jewelry and! watches

+
+
-

1
U
5
l

0
- 7
+ 5
- 1

0
- 2
- 4
+13

U.6
6.6
2.5
8.3

U.6
6.5
2.8
7.3

105

141
156
123

Art needlework
j
• Books and stationary
Books and magarihes
Stationery
j

+
+

1
l
l
3

+ l
+ 2
0
+ 3

+
+
+

4
2
u
2

5.9
3.9
3.6
U.l

6.0
3.9
3.5
U.l

64
97
91
99

105
137
124
1U0

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

- 2

- u

2.6

2.6

109

134

women's accessories
Heckwear and scarfs
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Somen's and children's gloves
Corsets and brassieres
Women's, children's hosiery

- 2
- 8
- 6
0
0
+ 1
- 2

- 2
- 6
- 6
-10
- 7
- 1
- 1

3.3
2.3
3.6
1.1
U.2
2.9
2.8

3.3
2.3
3.6
1.2
U.6
3.0
2.8

105
118

1U0
151

- 7
-3
- 9

2.8
- 5
3.0
- 3
- 2-8
1.9
- 9
3.5
- U
2.1
- u
0
U.9
5.8
+ 1
0
U.7

2.7
3.0
2.7
2.0
3*6
2.3
5.0
6.2
U.7

99
128

Household textilejs
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins, sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads
31iA.IL ViARES

|

$

-

-1
-16
- 6

Underwear, slips, and negligees
Knit underwear
?
~
*
cilk & muslin underwear, slips
Negligees, robes, loung. apparel -Infants* wear
Handbags, small leather goods
Women's and children's shoes
Children's shoes
Women's shoes ;




-

-

6

+
+
+
+

1
2
2
8
1

$

> 3

6
7
3
5

80

- 5
-3
- 8
- 3

Piece goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
> fcocien yard goods
Cotton yard goods

12

112

132
88
120
121

52
72

71
156
83

88
101

69
6U
113

118

180

62
74

86
176
130

12k
163

111
99

93

126

132
138

128
96
133

„ 173
175
172

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STOKE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - MAY

Department

?

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
sales 1/ (19U7-U9,
av.=100£Z
1

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Percentage chanige from
corresponding, period
a year ag
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
May
May|Jan.-May

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WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)

2.1

Women's apparel
ft omen's, misses' coats & suits
Women's, misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors1 and girls' wear
Juniors' coats, suits, dresses
Girls.' wear

- 2
- 3
+ 1
-12
-3
- 8
+ U

- 3
- 5
- 2
-12
- 3
- 6
0

- 5
- 8
- U
-17
- U
- 3
- U

2.0
2.U
2.3
2.U
2.2
1.7
2.8

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

- 3
- 3
- U
0
- 3
+12

+

5
5
5
l
2
3

- U
- u
- 8
- u
- 2

1.5
1.1
1.9
2.2
1.3
6.9

1.9
2.U
1.3
7.9

i,: °

- 2

- 3

U.8

- 2
- 1
+ 2

- u

+4

- 2
- 2
+ 3

-

3
U
3
1

U.8
U.6
U.5
6.1

- 3

- 3

- 3

3.9

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

- 6
0
- 7
- 2
- 3
- 3

-

6
3
6
3
U
8

- 5'
- 7
- 3
-6
- 7
-13

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

+
+

+
+

U
5
U
U
3
U

+

U
2
2
9
U
2

U.l
U.5
7VU
2.3
3.3
5.6

U.O
U.U
7.1

+ 9
+10
+ 8
*
+
+
+
+

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

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
St boys' shoes, slippers

HOMBFURNISHINGS

U
3
5
U
1
3

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmusic, instr. + 1
+ 6
Radios, phonographs, television
0
Records, sheet music, instr.

+ 3
f 3
+ 1

+ 3

+ 5

- u

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




+ 5. + 6
- 1
- l
+12
+10
-9
- 7
+ 5
+ 9

*

112
US
U6
51
109

li
2.5

2.2
1.6

;

125
71

11

1U0

108

128

3.1

109

1U8

1.5

138 >135
1U5
137
12U
131
151
173

11
.

170

126

, 50

93

U.9

97

1U7

U.9
U.8
U.7
6.3

115

161

91
118

126
162

J.8
1.8

3.8

I 2 T ' 131
137
139

hM

U.3
U.8
U.8
3.3

U.7
U.7
3.0

86

112

2.0

1U2

130

117
88

128
112

89
75

117
67

11U

127

102

136

3.U
5.6

89
1U2
llU

107
1U9
162

3.9
3.U
5.3

3.6
3.3
U.9

98
106
113

1U3
1U9
1U8

1

3.2

3.3

102

127

2
2
2
2
2

5.2
6.5 6.2
U.3 U.6
3.5 3.U
1.2 113

56

W
1U3
151

2U
.

85

126

136

&
97

108

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M O N T H U DEPARTMENT STCRE SAI£S AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - MAY

"

-

Percentage char
corresponding
a year ae
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
May
May| Jan.-May

$1

^

•

Department

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
sales ~y
(191*7-1*9.
av.-lOO*/
May
May
195011957 Sales|Stocks

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL

- 1
*

- 5

- 3

2.3

2.3

103

117

Domestics and blankets

- 1
*

- 1*.

- 3

3.1

3.0

95

120

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

— 6

- 6

- 5

1.8

1.8

100

109

- h
- 2
- 5
0
-13
- 1
- 1
*
- 3
- 8

- h
- 3
.-5
- 9
-13
- 2
*
- 1
-1*
- 6

- 6
- 7
- 5
-13
- 5
- 3
- 2
-5
- 1
*

2.2
2.2
2.2
1.6
1.0
1.6
2.2
2.8
1.1*

2.2
2.3
2.2
1.9
0.9
1.7
2.2
2.8
1.1*

112
3/

125
3/

Men's and boys' wear

- 1

- 1

+ 1

2.8

2.7

119

1**
11

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

- 1
• 3
-5
0

0
• 2
- 1
-1*

•
+
•
-

2.7
2.6
2.9
3.0

2.6
2.6
2.7
3.0

121*
152
107
102

11*9
159
li*3
133

- 5

- 6

-1*

2.9

2.9

100

112

Shoes

0

- 1

- 3

3.5

3.6

112

125

HONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

0

+ 1

3/

3/

3/

117

3/

+ k

0

y

3/

2/

158

3/

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

Hornefurniahings

'

"Barber and beauty shop

—

—

2
3
1
1

. y

55
120
1**
11
110
91*
3/

V

52
111
119
138
125
3/

1/ 1'he 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 terns of sales for that month.
2/ The 191*7-1*9 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 111*6-49 of the November
1953 Federal Reserve Bulletin. A brochure containing back data for the departmental series for the period 191*0-1952, inclusive, may be obtained from the
Division of Administrative Services> Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
System, Washington 25, D. C.
3/ Data not available.
TioVs:—Based on reports from a group of large department stores located in various
cities throughout the country. In 1957, sales and stocks at these stores accounted for about 1*5 per cent of estimated total department store sales and
stocks. 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.