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HOARD OF GCWEKNC&S OF THE FEDERAL BESEEMS SYSTEM
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FOR IMMEDIATE REIEASE
JUL! 18, 1957. ,

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MCSiHTY tePARDIENT SICkE SAI£S AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMBiTS
"

UNITED STATES - MAX 1957
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Summary by Selected Department Groups
?iv'; :

Main Store
Piece
Main Women's Men's
goods
store apparel
Home
and
and
Small
and
total
beys' furnish- house- wares
accesings
hold
wear
sories
textiles
SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales « 100)
Mar. 1955
Apr. 1955
May 1955

Miscellaneous

Basement
store
total

98
100
99

107
110
101

83
95
93

101
97
104

78
75
86

89
93
98

81
89
87

101
107
104

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1956
1956
1956
1956
1956

87
82
106
- 94
107

80
180
121
96
109

73
68
95
79
97

100
97
99
105
115

134
72
75
79
69

90
90
98
93
108

61
66
97
77
94

76
74
108
94
108

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1957
1957
1957
1957
1957

91
82
97
10U
108

84
81
105
120
111

78
67
77
98
98

101
96
105
96
116

139
71
77
73
89

95
90
92
97
110

65
67
81
94
99

81
73
94
111
107

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average of end-of-month stocks -100)
Mar. 1955
Apr. 1955
May 1955

122
122
121

131
128
122

127
130
133

116
119
118

107
109
106

117.
122
120

111
• 110
114

116
116
115

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1956
1956
1956
1956
1956

116
122
130
133
130

121
133
138
138
131

114
125
134
142
143

Hit
117
130
131
129

109
111
Hit
115
112

116
119
124'
130
128

in
109
115
118
121

104
115
119
122
118

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1957
1957
1957
1957
1957

121
126
138
139
136

125
134
11*8
114
139

121
132
115
149
152

120
122
133
136
135

111
114
118
119
116

123
123
132
138
134

118
112
124
123
126

104'
112
122
122
121

2.6
2.6
2.7

4.6
4.7 >
5.0

3.9
3.8
4.0

3.7
3.8
3.9

3.9
3.7
3.9

3.3
3.2
3.3

2.2
2.2
2.3-

-

.

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SAIES
May
May
May

1955
1956
1957

3.3
3.3
3.5

Figures for departments within groups given pn f allowing pages*




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MONTHLY D&PAid&fcENT' STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEBARMENTS
UNITED SIAlaS - MAY

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of
Unadjusted
a year ago
indexes
stocks to
Stocks sales 1/
(1947-49 o f
Sales during
av.=100 if
(end of
period
month)
May
May (Jan.-Mayl May
1957f19f?6 Sales i Stocks

C a l D TGflAL-entire store
fAI
STORE TOTAL

+ 1

+ 1

* + 1

• 5

3.3

3.1

—

—

3.5

3.3

108

136

3-9

3.8

89

116

+ 1

*5

0

0

+ 3

3
1
5
4

-» It
~4
- 1
-5

0
0
- 2
+ 1

3,6 3.5
3.8 3.6
1 2 . 0 13.it
2.6 2.5

66
86
55
7it
lit
66
119 119

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTII£S
Piece goods
Silk3, velvets, synthetics
Rr.olen yard goods
Cotton yard goods

-

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

+ 4
0
+ 2

+
+
+
+

2
3
1
3

It
+ 5
+ 3
+ 6

it.0 3 . 9
4 . 5 it.5
3 . 5 3-it
3.9 3.7

lOit 132
9U 118
110 157
111 132
110

SMALL WARES

+ 1

+ 1

+ 5

3.9

3.7

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

+ 2
+ 3
+ 2

+ 1
+ 1
+ 2

+ 7
+ it
••5

3.9
3.2
3.1t

110 135
3.5
3 . 1 . 136 155
3.3
126 130

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

-

- 2
+ 2
- 4
-7

+ It
> it
+ 6
0

it.6
6.5
2,8
7.3

it.lt
6.3
2.5
7.2

10it
92
lilt
123

liiO
159
129
160

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationeiy

0
-+ 5
+ l
+ 5

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
•

6.1
3.9
3.5
it.2

5.9
3.9
3.3
it.2

65
96
92
96

108
134
120
137

T t t E ' APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
rCiNS

+ l

+ 2

+ 6

2.7

2.6

111

139

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

0
+ 3
- 2
- 9
- 8
+ 4
- 5

+ 2
+ 4
+ 1
0
- 1
+ 5
- 4

.+ 6
• 7
•- 1
+16
+ 9 .
+10
+ 3

3.3
2.3
3.6
1.2
4.6
3.0
2.8

3.1
2.2
3.6
0.9
3.9
2.9
2.6

106 lit3
128 161
56
66
72
83
71
92
155 179
8it 131

Underwear, slips, and negligees
Knit underwear
Silk & muslin underwear, slips
Negligees, robes, loung. apparel
Infante1 wear
Handbags, small leather goods
Women's and chj 1 dron*a nhooti
Children's shoes
Women'a shoes

- 2
+ 2
- u
- 3

- 1
+ 3
- 3
- 1
+ 4
+ 3
+ 3
+ 3
+ It

2.7
3.0
2.8
2.1
3.6
2.3
5.0
6.3.
it. 8 •

2.6
2.9
2.6
1.9
3 .it
2.2
4.8
5.5
km6




3
1
3
8

••3
4 1
— 6
+ 3

2
u
u
4

+
•
+
+
: +
+
>
+
+

2
6
8
5

it
5
3
5
7
9
6
7
6

106
132
96
107
94
12it
126
89
132

134

131
168
118
109.
138
litit
172
17k
172

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MONTHIX DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AMD STOCKS, BX DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - MAX

Department

Percentage chaxige from
corresponding period
t
a year a f°
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
May | Jan.-May May.

Unadjusted
indexes
(l947-492/
av.=100 %
May
May
195711956 Salesjbtocks

Ratio of
stocks to
sales 1/

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women's, misses' coats & suits
Women's, misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors1 and girls1 wear
Juniors' coats, suits, dresses
Girls' wear

+ 3
- 7
-11
+ 1
+ 2
+ 3+ 1

+ 3
0
0
+ 1
+ 5
+ 4
+ 6

+ 6
+ 5
+ 9
+ 1
+ 9
+ 8
+10

2.1
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.2
1.6
3.1

2.0
2.3
2.0
2.5
2.1
1.5
2.8

115
U9
45
58
112
117
105

133
78
73
82
145
232
155

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

+ 1
+ 1
+ 1
+ 9
+ 4
+16

+ 1
+ 2
- 2
+ 6
+ 2
+14

+
+
+
+
+
+

5
5
6
7
1
8

1.5
1.1
1.9
2.4
1.4
7.9

1.U
1.1
1.8
2.5
1.U
8.6

1U3
1U9
130
151
175
%5

141
143
137
188
132
95

0

+ 1

+ 7

5.0

U.7

98

152

3
1
2
2

+
+
+

+
+
+
+

8
4
8
6

5.0
4.8
4.8
6.3

U.7 117
87
U.6
89
U.U
6 . 1 114

167
148
129
163

+ 4

4.0

3.8

MEN'S AND BCKS' WEAR
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings and hats
Boys' wear
Men's & boys' shoes, slippers
HOfiEFURNISHINGS

+
+

+ 1

1
1
3
3

- 1

115

135
138
150
132
119
126
77

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

+
+
+
-

3
1
5
l
0
+ 4

+ 1
0
+ 2
0
+ 1
0

+ 1
- 4
+ 1
+ u
+ 5
+ 7

3*8
2.0
4.2
U.8
U.8
3.3

3 . 9 132
2 . 1 137
U.U 126
90
U.5
92
U.7
78
3.2

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

-3
0
+ 8
-7
- 1
+ 4

- 3
0
+ 3
- 9
- 1
+ 1

+
+
+
•
+
+

5
4
3
5
7
5

4.1
4.5
7.1
2.4
3:5
5.7

3.8
U.3
7.3
2.1
3.2
5.6

132
119
129
87
108
139
118
93
142 . 155
Ill
159

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmusic, instr* + 8
+ 6
Radios, phonographs, television
+ 8
Records, sheet music, instr.

+ 6
+ 2
+13

+12
+ 9
+16

U.0
3.3
4.9

3.6
3.3
U.6

97
100
112

+ 6

+ 3

+ 4

3.3

3.3r

99

126

+ 4
0
+ 7
- 1
+ 3

+
+
+
+
+

5.4
6.U
U.6
3.U
1.3

5.3
6.0
U.7
3.5
1.2

85
57
130
127
89

145
140
147
139
107

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.

Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras +
Toys and games
+
Sporting goods and cameras
+
Luggage
Candy




2
1
6
6
0

3
4
4
2
8

130
136
137

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MCKTHET DEPARTMENT STORE SAI£S AND STOCKS, BI DEPAE3MENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - MAY

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of
stocks to
a year ago
[Stocks sales
Sales during 1
|(end of
period
May
i month)
May | Jan.-Meyj May 195711956
1

Unadjusted
indexes
(191*7-1*9 2 /
av.-lOO ^
May

1
I

Department

'

BASB6ENT STORE TOTAL

- 1

+ 1

2.2

107

121

- 1

3.1 3.0

100

121*

+ 5

1.8 1.7

106

116

2.2
2.3
2.2
1.9
0.9
1.7
2.2
2,8
1.1*

2.1
2.0
2.1
1.5
0.9
1.7
1.9
2.6
l.l*

117
3/
V
15
138
11*6
111*
97
3/

133
3/
iz
59
117
123
11*1
131
2/

+ 3

2.7

2.7

120

11*2

*
+
+
•

2.7 2.7
2.6 2.6
2,7 2.7
3.0 2.9

11*6
126
1U8 • 151*
H*1
113
102
131*

- 2

2.9

106

117

3.6 3.5

112

128

• 3

Domestics and blankets

- 1

- 1

Women's, misses* ready-to-wear

- 1

• 1

- 2
-5
0
—16
+ 2
• 8
+ 1
- 2
- 2

0
-3
+ 2
0
+ 2
+ 6
• 6
+ 3
rk

• 5
+ 2
+ 6
+ 3
+ 2
* 5
+ 6
+ 7
-3

Men's and boys' wear

+ 3

*

1
*

lien *8 we ar
Men's clothing
Men18 furnishings
Boys* wear

+ U
• 1
*
*3
0

+
•
+
+

i
*
5
3
7

- U,

-3

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

Homeftirnishti^s

3
3
3
1
*

2.3

Shoes

- 2

• 2

+ 1

NOHMBKCHANDISB TOTAL

*6

• 1
*

3/

2/

• l

2/

3/

Barber and beauty shop

0

2.7

2/

117

2/

y

153

2/

1/ l"he ratio of stocks -to sales is obtained by dividing stocks at the end of the
month by sales during the mdnth and hence indicates the number of months' supply
on hand at the end of themonth in terms of sales for that month.
2/ The 19U7-U9 average • of monthly sales and end-of-month stocks for each department
is used as the base in caapriting sales and stocks indexes, respectively, for
that department. For description of series, see pages 111*64*9 of the November
1953 Federal Reserve Bulletin* A brochure containing back data fpr the departmental series far the period 191*0-1952, inclusive, may be obtained from the
Division of Administrative Services# ~ Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
System, Washington
D, C.
3/ Data not available.
N o t e B a s e d <m reports from a group of large department stares located in various
sities throughout the country. In 1956, sales and stocks at these stores ac-x counted for almost 50 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*