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FOR M E D I A T E RELEASE
March 21, 1962

G.7.3

MO! T^'I N ?PAXMTCMT STQFTG SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
MAR 26

TOUTED STATES - JANUARY 1962
(Based on retail dollar amounts)

19%

FEDEii>~
3ANK
OF RICHMOND

Summary by Selected Department Groups
Main Store
Women's
Main apparel Men's | Home
and
furnishand
store
boys' . ings
total
sories

Piece
goods
and
household

Small Miscelwares laneous

Basement
store
total

tort,ilea

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 1 0 0 )
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

1959
1959
I960

139
228
95

133
211
39

156
311
81

139
171
104

92
122
139

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

I960
I960
I960
I960
1961

113
123
139
225
91

124
132
135
209
85

100
121
155
315
77

114
125

84
90
- 92
119
135

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

1961
1961
1961
1961
1962

114
124
150
231
97

123
132
145
213
90

101
122
170
319
84

118
128

m
96

147
170

106

91
97
119
139

180
390
70

127
192
77

83
100
178
157
315 : 383
101
72

106
115
126
189
73

84
99
190
386
76

103
115
134
190
79

152
317
103
113

122

115

8
327
108.

: 100)

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 1
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

1959
1959
i960

166
132
133

182
137
139

187
137
132

140
123
129

124
125
119

179
136
135

194
112
139

" 141
108
108

Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.

I960
I960
i960
I960
1961

157
169
175
136
135

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
130

134
-141
\ 146
106

Sept. 1961
,
Oct. 1961
Nov. 1961
Dec. 1961
Jan. 1962

158
172
178
142
142

181
193
198
150
152

177
196
201
147
141

134
143
145
132
135

129
134
134

$
197
151
147

153
194
204
119
138

3.4
3.5
3.5

5-2
5.6
5.2

4.2
4.5
4.2

4.2
4.3
4.2

4.8
. 4.6
4.4

iil

106

s

151
115
115

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
Jan.
Jan.
Jan.

I960
1961
1962

3.8
4.0
3.9

2.6
2.6
2.7

2.9
3.0*
3-/>

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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G.7.3
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1952

lange from
Percentage ch
latio of
g
correspondiri period
stocks to
\BO
a vear a
Stocks
sales i/
Sales during.
(end of
month) January
January
J anuarv JL96211961

Department

GRAND TOTAl-entire store

' -

MAIN STORE TOTAL
PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES .

+ 7

+6

, + 7

+ 6
+

4.6
4.6
3-5
4.7

+ 3

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

+
+
-

Household textile?
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins",: sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads

+
+
+
+

.

2
2
3
l
3
2
3
6

SMALL WARES

•

-

+
+
+
+

5
5
4
7

3.7

—

—

3-9

3.9

97

142

2.7

2.6

139

126

4.4
4.3
3.3
4.5

57
51
66
66

94
85
80
126

2.2 2.2
2.8 2.8
1.6 1.5
2.7 2.7

197
165
253
175

-141
131
159
147

3.7

5

+.5
+ 4
+ 9
+ 3

Unadjusted
indexes
(1947-49. x
av.=10Q2/ )
January
SalesIStocks

:

+ 6

4.2

4.2

108

147

+ 3
+
5
. + 8

+ 7

5.6
4.2
3.6

5.6
4.2
3.5

62
9?
136

110
150
152

6.4
8.5
3.7
13.9

80
81
76
81

153
153
131
177

3.0 3.3
3.7 3.7
3.1 3.1
4.0 4.0

129
117
129
109

111
157
151
158

3.4

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

+ 3
+ 6
+ 6

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

+ 7
+23
- 5
+18

+
+
+
+

5
6.3
4
7J2
4.0
5
. 12.4
5

Art needlework
Books and .stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+14
+ 6
+ 9
+ 5

+
+
+
+

4
5
7
3

•

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

+ 6

+ 8

3.5

90

152

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

+ 5
+ 4
- 2
+ 5
+16
+ 6
+ 6

+ 7
+ 8
+ 1
+ 1
+23
+ 8
+ 7

4.2 4.2
83
3.6 3.5
73
5 A 5.2
35
56
1.5 1.5
81
4.4 4.2
3.3 3.3 154
78
3.2 3.2

149
149
63
79
100
201
147

+ 4
+3
+ 5
+ 6
+ 7
+ 7
+ 7
+ 7
+ 6

3.7 3.8
3.3 4.1
3.9 3.8
2.8 2.7
4.1 3.9
3.8 3.6
6.8 6.7
8.5 8.2
6.4 6.3

67
101
53
59
82
72
?9
68
101

120
176
104
90
140
148
186
194

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



+ 6
+12
0
. + 4 .
+ 3
+ 2.
+ 5
+ 4
+ 5

•
.
V

#

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AMD STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1962

Department

Percentage change from j
Unadjusted
. corresponding period (Ratio of
a vear ago
(stocks to
indexes
Stocks bales i/
Sales during
(end of!
,
1
period
month) j January
Januarv
January 1196211961 SalesJStocks
L January

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cent.)
Women's apparel
Women's, misses' coats and suits
Women's, misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors' and girls' wear
Juniors1 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
Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
& boys' shoes, slippers

HOMEFURNIS HINGS

+ 7
+11
+13
+ 5
+ 8
+ 9
+ 6

+10
+10
+10
+17+13
+15
+11

2.8 2.8
1*9 1.9
1.5 1.6
3.5 3.1
3-5 3.3
2.6 2.4
4.6 4.4

98
107
125
56
78
81
74

157
123
125
109
169
154
182

+ 4
+ 5
+ 3
+11
+ 1
0

+ 9
+10
+10
+10
+ 5
+ 3

2.8
2.1
3.5
3.1
2.5
4.3

2.6
2.0
3.3
3.1
2.4
4.1

83
91
84
111
98
107

170
171
165
184
137
126

+ 9

+ 4

5.2

5.4

84

141

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

1
5
9
6

5.0
4.7
5.9
7.1

5.4
4.9
5.9
7.1

103
74
71
106

150
130
136 '
173

9
9
9
7

+10

+ 4

4.2

4.5

106

135

Furniture and bedding
Mattrssses, springs, stuidio beds
Upholstered, other furniture
Domestic floor coverings
Rugs and carpets
Linoleum

+13
+10
+13
+ 7
0
+14

+ 1
+ 5
+ 2
+ 2
+ 1
+13

3.6
1.7
4.5
3.9
3.8
3.7

4.0
1.8
5.0
4.1
3.8
3.7

138
158
125
104
93
57 ;

137
158
133
113
103
67

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

+ 8
+ 5
+ 4
+12
+ 6
- 2

+
+
+
+
+
-

1
4
2
4
6
1

5.5
4.6
8,4
2.5
5.0
8.4

5.8
4.7
8.6
2.7
5.0
8.3

80
85
90
77
90
77

127
132
145
99
145
174

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

+19
+19
+17

+19
+23
+13

2.9
2.6
3.4

2.9
2.6
3.5

177
194
124

186
189
164

4.4

4.3

76

138

9-0 8.8
14.0 12.7
6.7 6.9
4.4 4.6
2.0 1.8

51
23
95
104
82

149
149
150
156
164

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




+ 5

+ 7

+ 5
- 3
+ 9
+14
+ 1 »

+
+
+
+
+

7
7
6
9
8

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« MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1962

fw

, Department

lange from
Percentage ci
Ratio of
correspondirig period
stocks to
a vear, mo
i
sales 1/
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
January
month) January
January
January
196211961 3a1as 1 Stocks

BASEMENT-STORE TOTAL

+ 8

.

+ 8

3.0

3.0

79

115

Domestics and blankets

+ 6

+ 7

2.2

2.2

139

120

Women1s, misses' ready-to-wear

+ 7

+ 9.

2.5 2.5

69

107

+ 8
+12
+ 7
+10
+11
+13
+13
+ a
+ 3

2.9
2.7
2.9
1.6
2.0
2.3
3.3
3.6
2.7

2.8
2.6
2.9
1.7
1.8
2.3
3.2
3.3
2.6

89
3/
3/
69
52
83
64
73
,3/

125
3/
79
99
.115
122
122
3/

Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets & brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and sportswear
Girls1 wear
Infants'wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms *

+ 7
+ 9
+ 7
+15
- 2
4-14
+11
'+ 2
- 1

Men's wear
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings
Boys' wear
Homefurnishings

88

132

3.7
3.8
3.6
3.9

93
118.
79
75

130
143
123
133

+ 6

3-9 3.9

74;

106

+ 6

4.7 4.6

+16

Men's and boyswear
'

+10

+18
+26
+12
+ 8

+ 8
+ 7
+10
+15

+ 8

3-5 3.7
3.4
*3.2
3.5.
4.1

Shoes

+ 5

NONMERCHANDISB TOTAL

+ 2

3/

3/

Barber and beauty shop ^

+ 6

3/

3/

81

120

3/

122

2/

3/

125

3/

ij The 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 terms of sales for that month.
2/ The 1947-49 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 of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System, Washington 25, D. C.
3/ 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 dent 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.
January 1962 had one more trading day than January 1961.