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F E D E R A L

R E S E R V E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 1961.
MONTHLY /DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - MAY 196l
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
• •i .
Summary by Selected Department Groups
Main Store
Women's
Piece
goods
Main apparel Men's
Home
Small Misceland
and
and
store
boys' furnish- house- wares laneous
total
ings
wear
hold
textiles

Basement
store
total

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100 )
Mar. 1959
A;>r. 1959
May 1959

105
102
109-

123
109
114

91
87
106

96
109
112

68
76
80

ioi
99
109

95
84
95

103
99
104

Jan.
Feb;
Mar.
Apr.
May

I960
I960
I960
I960
I960

95
87
101
118
108

89
84
109
137
111

81
73
82
114
100

104
104
108
105
113

139
70
76
75
83

103
99
102
108
' 113

70
70
83
103
95

77
72
92
1X8
98

Jan. 1961
Feb. 1961
Mar.- 1961
A-ur. 1961
May 1961

91
83
114
100
112

85
83
133
108
117 .

77
72
98
89
103

96
93
103
104
114

135
69
76
76
86

101
93
109
101
121

72
70
98
84
97

73
71
110
93
103

1

.

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average of end-of-month stocks = 100)
Mar. 1959
Apr. 1959
May 1959

138.
141
138

147
148
141

140
148
148

136
136
135 .

117
117
116

138
145
141

123
126
129

120
125
121

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
•-May

I960
I960
I960
I960
I960

133
139
149
148
148

139
152
165
157
154

132
142
154
156
162

129
132
143
145
145

119
120
122
123
120

135
135
144
151
149

130
119
129
128
134

108
116
125
125
127

Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May

1961
1961
1961
1961
1961

135
13&
148
150
148

141
150
160
161
154

135
145
156
163
164

130
131
141
141
142

120
120
122 •
121
120

139
139
146
154
151

130
121
127
130
134

106
114
120
126
123

2.6
2.9
2.7

4.4
5.1
5.0

4.1
4.3
4.1

4.3
4.3
4.1

4.1
4.1
3.9

3.5
3.6
3.5

2.4
2.6
2.4

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
May 1959
May I960
May 1961

3.4
3.7
3.5

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS

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UNITED STATES - MAY 1961
r
Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio- of {Unadjusted

Stocks sales 1/ (1947-49,,
Sales during (end of
Uv.=100 zJ)
period
1
Mav
month)
Mav
I ales 1 S tocks
Mav 196111960 S
Mavt Jan—Mav

Department

i

j

i

3.3 3.5

+ 4.

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES:

- 2

1

+

MAIN STORE-TOTAL.

-2

0

.3.5 3.7 112

148

0

0

4.1 4.3

86

120

+r

+ 1

+ 2
- 5
+"5

3.8
3.6
13,5
2.9

3.8 60
3.7 53
14.7 12
"2.7 106

84
74
60
122

4.2
4.8
;3.7
4.0

4.3 102
4.8 99
4.0 106
4.2 104

138
134
159
131
151

+3

+ 1
+ 4
. + 4
0

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

+ 2
+ 7
- 1

+
+
+
+

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

3
5
1
4

- 1
- 1
'0
- 2

1
+ 3
6
- 1

:

+ 7

0

+ 1

3.9 4.1 121

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

- 4
- 1
+ 7

- 6

+ 1

+ 1
+ 1
+ 2

4.4 4.2 98 . 140
174
3.7 3.6 128
150
3-4 3.6 142

Silverware and jewelry
Silverware and clocks
Costume jewelry
Pine jewelry and watches

+12
+21
+ 9
+ 7

0
- 7
+ 4
- 1

Art needlework "
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+a

+ 3
- 1

SMALL WAHfeS

—

-3

+ 7
+10
o
+ 5 . - i

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

'+5

- i

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

+ 4
+ 3
+ 2
+ 2
+17
+ 6
+ 6

- 2
- 4
- 6
0
+10
+ 1
+ 1

Underwear, slips, and negligees •
'
Knit -underwear *
Silk & 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




•+1
- 1
0
+ 4

4.2
5.5
2.6
7.5

+ 1
+ 2
J +3
. +1

.

5.8
4.0
3.6
,4.2

0

4.7
6.7
2.8
7.7

12}
111
133
149

+ 4
1 , 2.8
- 1
+ 3 • - 1 . • - 2 . 3-0
+ 1
+ 2
- 2
3.0
- 3
+10
+ 4
1.9
+ 5
0 . 3.7
- 3
0 . .
+ 3 . - 3 v
2.3
+ 2
- 4
0
5.3
+12 ; - 3
1- ' 6.3
0
- 4
0
5.1

199

112
6.2 70
4.2 107 - I56
149
3.8 108
4.4 1*5 ; 157

2.7 2.8 117

0
3.4
: -3
•
2.5
- 4
3.7
.. 3
1.1
.
+ l
3.6
. +3
3.2
•
2 . 3.0

156
164
144

154

3.6 110 ' 157
166
2.6 125
64
3.9 52
1.2 70; ' 76
88
4.1 84
3.3 170. 213
3.1 86 • 147
3.0 104
3.1 l4l
3.0 88
2.2 .112
3.9 93
2.3 W
5.4 133
6.9 100
5.1 137

139
187
122
H 5
146
162
195
199
194

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, 31 DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - MAY 1961

Department

1
I

Percentage chainge from
corresponding; period Ratio of Unadjusted
a year ago
stocks to indexes
Stocks sales 1/ (1947-49 ,
Sales during (end of
av.=100 £/)
period
Mav
Mav
month)
May
Sales |5tocks
MavlJan.-Mav

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
Juniors' coats, suits, dresses
Girls' wear
Women's and misses' dresses
Inexpensive dresses
Better dresses
Blouses, skirts, sportswear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Furs
^

+ 6
+22
+26
+16
+ 7
+ 8
+ 5

+
+
+
+
-

1
5
6
2
1
2
5

+
+
+
+

+

2
1
2
1
5
3

3
3
3
5
0

+33

0
-12
-12
-15
0

0

- 1
+
+
+
+
+

2.1
1.9
1.7
2.0
2.2
.1.6
3.1

2.2
2.6
2.5
2.8
2.4
1.7
3.3.

125
54
52
56
127
134
118

2 i 1.6 1.6 149;
2
1.3 1.3 159
2.1: 2.1 133
3
2
2.4. g.4 168
4
1.6 J L 5 173
0
7.0 9.3 63

149
66
62
64
168
154
180
165
176
157
211
150
119

+ 4

- 3

+ .1

5.0 5.1 103

164

+ 2
+ 2
+10
+ 2

-

4
2
2
2

+ 4
- 1
+ 1
0

5.1
4.7
4.6
6.8

5.0 122
4.9 90
5.0 102
6.9 119

179
154
147
187

+ 2

- 5

-J*

4.1 4.3 114

142

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

0
0
+ 1
+ 2
+ 2
-7

- 6
- 7
- 6
- 4
-4
-15

+
+

1
4,.
2
4
2

4.0 4.2 126
2.3 2.3 137
4.6 4.8 123
92
4.5xW
4.4 4.7 92
4.1 3.8 60

141
158
138
116
116
75

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

+ 2
+ 2
-8
- 3
+ 4
+ 2

- 3
- 5
- 8
-10
- 3
- 6

+

1
1
1
9
2
5

4.0
5.0
7.9
2.6
3.7
6.2

133
142
144
115
163
195

Radios, phonographs, television,
pianos, records, sheetmusic, instr. +14
+16
Radios, phonographs, television
+ 9
Records, sheet music, instr.

+ 4
+ 6
+ 3

+ 2
+ 2
+ 3

0

0

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

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
& boys' shoes, slippers

HOMEFURNISHINGS

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.

+ 2

Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras . 1
- 1
Toys and games
0
Sporting goods and cameras
Iwggage
-2
Candy
+ 9




+
+

3
4
2
8
1

0
— 1
+ 1
0
- 1

4.2
5.2
7.3
2.8
3.9
6.0

118
84
100
86
139
123

3.8 4.3 125
3.3 3.8 141
5.4 5.7 131
97

134

89
5A
6.8 52
4.5 149
3.8 115
1.3 105

160
143
174
147
122

3.5 3.5
5,5
6,8
4.6
3.9
1.2

183
194*
187

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - MAY 1961

• • -Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period
1 year a
Stocks
Sales during (end of
period
month)
May fJan.-May May

eo

i

L
Ratio of {Unadjusted
stocks to 1 indexes
sales 1/ (1947-49,.
Iav.=100 6/ )
Mav
Mav
196111960 Bales 1Stocks

BASEHENT STORE TOTAL

+ 5 ' - 2

- 4

2,4 2.6 103

Domestics a i blankets
rd

+ 5

- 1

- 6

3.1 3.5

91

117

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

+ 5

- 2

r 4

1.8 2.0 102

116

+ 6
+ 8
+ 5
+22
+ 2
- 1
+ 6
V
JT 1

+ 1
+ 2
0
+ 6
- 5
- 7
- 3
- 5
- 5

- 3
0
- 4
-11
- 3
- 1
- 4
- 4
- 8

2.3
2.3
2.3
1.3
1.0
1.8
2.2
3.0
1.5

Intimate apparel
Hosiery '
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses., skirts, and sportswear
Girls' wear
Infants' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Men's and boys' wear
Men's wear
Men1s clbthing
Men's furnishings
„ Boys' wear

•

2.5
2.4
2.6
1.9
1.0
1.8
2.5
3.3
1.6

123

116
2/

137
3/
3/
52
54
120
124
127
137
113 . 146
131
92
3/
3/

ll

+ 6

0

- 1

3.0 3.2 118

154

+ 5
+ 6
+ 5
+10

0
+ 1
- 1
- 1

0
+ 1
0
- 3

2.9
2.9
3.0
2.9

3.1
3.1
3.1
3.3

121
144
111
108

159
175
151
143

Homefumishings

+ 1

- 3 >

- 6

.3.? 3.4

91

111

Shoes

+ 6

- 3

- 3

3.7 4.0 113

133

NONM&RCHANDISE TOTAL

+ 7

+ i

2/

1/ H

124

3/

Barber and beauty shop

+ 7

- 1

1/

165

3/

n

1/

1/ The ratio of stocksto 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 terms of sales for that month.
2/ The11947-49 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 1146-49 of the
November 1953 Federal Reserve Bulletin. A brochure containing back data for
the departmental series for the period 1940-1952, inclusive, may be obtained
from the Division of Administrative Services, Board df Governors of the
Federal Reserve System, Washington 25, D. C,
uJ Data not available.
Note:—Based on reports from a group of large department stores located in
various cities throughout the country. In I960, 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, the sample for the individual departments is not so
comprehensive as that for the total.
May this year had one more trading day than last.