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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7
March 21, 1961.
DEPARTMENT STORE; SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1961
(Based on retail dollar amounts)
Summary by Selected Department Groups

Main Store
Women's
apparel Men's
Main
Home
and
and
store acces- boys' furnishtotal sories
ings
wear

Piece
goods
and
Small Miscelhouse- wares laneous
hold
textiles

Basement
store
total

SAJ/jS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100)
Nov. 1958
Dec. 1958
Jan. 1959

130
221
94

124
205
87

145
308
81

131
161
103

10i:.
124
156
311
81

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

1959
1959
1959
1959
I960

114
126
139
228
. 95

125
.133
133
211
89

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

I960
I960
I960
I960
1961

113
123
139
225
91

124
132
' 135
209
85

88
121
138

142
299
101

170
385
74

121
193
78

118
134
139
171
104

85
92
92
122
139

110
124
152
317
103

83
105
280
390
70

108
117
127
192
77

100
114
121 . 125
155
135
162
315
96
77

84
90
92
119
135

113
122
157
315
101

83
100
178
383
72

106
115
126
189
73

•

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average, of end-of-month stocks
Nov. 1958
Dec. 1958
Jan. 1959

100)

158
123
123

170
126
128

176
126
120

133
120
121

122
119
111

174
131
128

196
109
125'

136
103
104

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

1959
1959
1959
1959
I960

150
162
166
132
133

172
178
182
137
139

165
181
187
137
132

131
138
140
128
129

122
125
124
125
119

141
162
179
136
135

149
188
194
112
130

192
138
141
108
108

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

I960
I960
I960
I960
1961

157
169
175
136
135

179
186
191
141
141

179
195
201
143
135

137
145
145
130
130

127
130
129
127
120

147
169
191
144
139

153
194
202
113
!3Q

134
141
146
106
106

3.6
3.8
4.0

3.1
3.4
3.5

4.8
5.2
5.6

3.9
4.2
4.5

2.4
2.6
2-6

4.0
4.2
4,3

4.9
4.8
4.6

2.8
2.9
3.0

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Jan. 1959
Jan. I960
Jan. 1961

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - JANUARY I96I

Department

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

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a ye?r
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
monW
January
January

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
sales 1/ (15*7-49,.
aT.=1002/)
January
JaQ
iBSp
i
s
.9611196C Sales I Stocks

- 5

+ 1

3.8

3.6

- 5

+ 1

4.0

3.8

91

135

2.6

—

—

- 3

+ 1

2.5

135

120

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

+
+
+
+

1
2
6
1

+

l
2
5
4

4.4 4.5
4.3 4.5
3.3 3.7
4.5 4.4

56
52
63
67

90
82
73
122

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

-

4
4
4
4

+
+
+
-

2
6
1
2

2.2
2.8
1.5
2.6

2.1
2.5
1.5
2.6

190
161
245
166

134
125
153
137

- 2

+ 3

4.3

4.1

101

139

- 4
- 5
+ 1

- 1
+ 1
+ 3

5.6
4.3
3.6

5.4
4.0
3.6

60
94
128

107
144
141

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

- 6
-13
- 1
- 7

+
+
+
+

6
2
9
7

6.5 5.8
8.6 7.3
3.8 3.4
13.6 11.8

75
66
81
69

146
147
125
168

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+
-

0
+ 2
+ 5
+ 1

3.3 3.5
3.8 3.6
3.2 2.9
4.2 4.0

114
110
119
105

107
150
141
152

SMALL WARES
Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
Toilet articles, drug sundries
!

//

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
Women's accessories
Neckwear and scarfs
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women's and children's gloves
Corsets and brassieres
Women's, children's hosiery
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




7
3
3
2

- 4

+ 2

3.5

3.3

85

141

+
-

3
6
8
5
6
1
0

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

4.3
3.5
5-3
1.5
4.3
3.3
3.2

4.1
3.4
5.0
1.5
4.5
3.1
3.2

79
70
36
53
69
145
74

139
138
62
79
82
185
137

+
-

2
2
1
1
6
6
5
7
5

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

4.0
4.1
4.1
2.9
4.0
3.8
6.8
8.5
6.4

3.9
3.9
4.1
2.9
3.7
3.5
6.3
7.8
6.0

64
91
53
57
79
71
94
65
96

115
170
98
84
132
138
175
181
165

1
3
1
2
.
1
2
2
2
2

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
. UNITED STATES - JANUARY 196I
Percentage change front
corresponding period Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
& Y9ST ftRS.
Sales during Stocks sales i/ (1947-49.
(end of
period
January

January

SalesIStorks

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (CantJ
Women's apparel
Women's, misses1 coats and stilts
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

'

- 5
-4
»
-4
- 4 •
- 9
- 9
- 9

•+ 1
•
+ 6
-12
0
0
0

2.8
1.9
1.6
3.1
3.5
2.5
4.7

2.7
1.8
1.5
3.4
3.2
2.3
4.3

91
96
110
53
72
74
70

144
112
114
93
150
133
163

-

+
+
+
+
+
+

2.7
2.1
3.3
3.2
2.4
4.2

85
2.5
86
2.0
81
3.1
'3.0 100
2.3
97
3.7 108

156
156
150
16*
131
12$

4
5
2
4
3
9

« °

2
2
3
3
2
4

- 5

+ 3

5.6

5.2

77

135

- 8
- 2
- 4
- k

+ 6
0
+ 2
+ 4

5.5
5.2
6.1
7.3

4.8
5.1
5.7
6.8

95
68
65
99

149
124
125

m

- 8

0

4.5

4.2

96

130

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

-11
- 9
-11
-10
-10
-23

+ 1
-2
+ 2
-2
- 6
- 9

4.0
1.8
5.0
4.1
3.7
5.9

3.6
1.7
4.4
3.7
3.5
5.0

122
144
111
97
94
50

135
151
131
111
102
59

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

- 6
- 9
- 8
-12
- 5
-7

+ 1
+ 1
+ 4
-11
+ 1
+11

5.8
4.8
8.9
2.7
5.0
8.9

5.4
4.3
7.8
2.7
4.8
7.4

75.
82
87
69
85
79

125
128
142
96
13^
175

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

- 2
- 1
- 1

- 3
- 5
0

3.0
2.7
3.6

3.0 149
2.8 163
3.6/. 106

Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
& boys' shoes, slippers

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




156
1*
145

+ 3

0

4,6

4.7

72

130

- 4
-8
- 3
+32
- 2

0
-1
0
+ 3
+ 2

9.6
15.5
7.2
4.7
2.a

9.3
14.4
7.0
6.0
1.9

48
23
87
92
82

140
139
141
143
152

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

W&r
January

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL ^

psj

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of
a vear ago
stocks to
sales 1/

- 5

January
January
{January' 196111960 Sales 1 Stocks
- 2

3.0

2.9

73

106

Domestics and blankets

- 4

- 4

2.2

2.2

131

112

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

- 6

- 2

2.5

2.4

65

98

- 1
+ 2
- 2

- 7
- 9
-11
- 4
-10

+ 1
+ 5
.
+1
• +3
- 6
- 5
.. - 4
. -3
- 7

2.8;
2.6
3.0
1.7
1.8
2.4
3.3
3.4
2.6

2.8
2.5
2.9
1,5
1.8
2.3
3.0
3*4
2.5

84
3/
3/
60
53
73
57
72
3/

116
3/
3/
72
89
102
108
113
3/

- 6

- 1

3.7

3.6

76

121

-

0
3.7
- 2 .3-7
+ 2
3.6
0. 3.9

3.5
3-5
3.4
3.7

79
.94
71
70

121
134
112
116

Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and sportswear
Girls1 wear •
Infants* wear
, .
Aprons, housedresses,* uniforms .
Men's and boys* wear
Men's wear
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings
Boys' wear
Homefumishings

. - rf

5
8
3
6

- 4

- 2

4.0

3.9

Shoes

- 6

- 3

4,7

4.5

78

114

NONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

- 1

3/~

3/

If

119

1/

Barber and beauty shop

-6

1/*

3/

3/

118

2/

68 . 100

1/ The ratio of stocks to sales-is obtained by dividing stocks, at the end of the.
month by sales during therabnthand hence indicates the number of months'
supply on -hand at the end of the month in terms of sales for that month.
2/ The 1947-^9 average of monthly sales and end-of-montfo stocks for each, department "is used as-the base in computing sales aed- stocks indexes, respectively,
for that department. For description of series, see pages 1146-49of 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 of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System, Washington 25, D. C. •
1/ Data not available.
Note:--Based 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
" shoyri; consequently, the sample for the individual departments is riot so
comprehensive as that for the total.