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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTBi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 25, 19#.

C7.3

MCNTHLY DEPARTMENT STCRE SALES " M STOCKS, BX DEPARTMENTS
AD
*"

— — 4

I

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1957
(Based on retail dollar amounts)

Summary by Selected Department Groups
Main Stare
Main
store
total

Y omen' s
t
apparel Men's
and
Home
and
boys*
acces- wear furnishings
sories

Basement
store
total

Piece
goods

Small Miscel^
house- wares laneous
hold
textile;

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 19k7-k9 average monthly sales • 100)
July 1955
Aug. 1955
Sept.1955

78
93
106

71
91
11k

7k
77
95

97
107
111

71
10k
88

75
86
101

81
79
85

May 1956
June 1956
July 1956
Aug, 1956
Sept. 1956

107
102
81
98
108

109
9k
7k
100
118

97
125
72
82
99

105
111
99
109
109

89
75
80
105
85

108
103
80
92
100

9k
103
83
8k
*5

108
107
77
98
109

May 1957
June 1957
July 1957
Aug. 1957
Sept. 1957

108
99 *
86
102
96

111
92
78
105
115

98
12V
77
87
93

115
108
10k
110
111

89
72
81
106
83

110
100
8k
95
103

99
105
91
92
85

107
102
79
101
10k

.

76
93
107

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 19U7-U9 average of end-of-month stocks -100)
July 1955
Aug. 1955
Sept. 1955

110
117
127

113 . 111
128
125
iko
lk2

109
107
113

iok
102
109

109
111
119

106
110
127

101
108
H9

May 1956
June 1956
July 1956
Aug. 1956
Sept. 1956

130
121
119
126
135

131
119
122
138
lk7

Ui3
127
121
135
152

129
12k
120
117
122

112 „
107
110
108
113

128
122
117
119
126

121
116
Ilk
119
136

118
108
10k
110
120

May 1957
June 1957
July 1957
Aug. 1957
Sept. 1957

136
128
126
131
142

139
127
132
1U5
. 158

152
137
128
124
162

135
129
123
120
125

116
112
115
110
118

13k
129
12k
12k
132

126
122
121
12k
lk8

121
110
107
111
125

k.9
5.0
5.6

3.5
3.9
3.9

3.8
iul
k.3

3.7
k.O
k.i

3.7
k.l
k.k

2.3
2.3
2.5

TO SALES
Sept. 1955
Sept. 1956
Sept. 195i

3.3
3.5
3.7

2.6
2.7
3.0

Figures for departments within groups given, on following pages.




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G.7.3
MCMTHLX DEPARTMENT STCRE SAIES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER

Department

^

1

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
a year ago
Sales during Stocks sales
(end of
period
month) September September
Sales!Stocks
Sept.
Sept. | JanrSept.
,

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

- 2

+ 1

+ 6

3-5 3.3

- 1

+ 1

+ 6

3.7 3.5 106

142

—

—

0

+ 4

4.3 4.1

83

118

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

- 3
0
-3
- 4

4
3
2
4

+
+
+
-

1
1
7
2

4.0
4.3
3.0
4.6

3.8 68
4.2 56
2.6 109
4.6 61

95
87
106
106

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

+ 1
- 2
+ 2
- 1
0
-1
- 2 . + 1

+
+
+
+

5
7
2
7

4.4
5.4
4.2
3.5

4.2 94
5.1 79
4.1 92
3.3 123

129
118
150
133

SMALL WARES

- 2
-

+ 3

* 2

+ 5

4.1 4.0 103

132

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

0
- 1
+ 3

0
0
+ 3

+ 7
+ 6
+ 8

4.8 4.6 80
3.9 3.6 106
3.7 3.5 111

118
147
121

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

+ 2
-3
+ 7
+ 1

-

2
1
2
2

+ 3
+ I
t
0
+ 6

5.4
7.1
3.4
9.4

5.4
6.7
3.6
8.9

92
64
98
90

140
156
133
132

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery
^

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

2
5
5
5

+
+
+
+

4.5
3.5
2.8
3.8

4.4 91
3.6 116
2.9 111
3.9 118

117
141
116
154

4
7
9
6

6
6
7
5

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

- 3

+ 2

+ 7

3.0 2.7 115

158

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

- 3
+
-

+ 1
+ 1
+ 1
'-3
-3
+ 4
- 4

+ 7
+ 9
+ 4
+23
+ 9
+10
+ 3

3.5
2.8
4.9
0.9
6.3
3.4
3.1

3.2
2.5
4.7
0.6
5.3
3.2
2.8

110
123
US
138
72
337
81

156
182
75
115
128
174
137

Underwear, slips, and negligees .
Knit underwear
Silk Si. muslin underwear, slips .
Negligees, robes, loung. apparel
Infants1 wear
Handbags, small leather-goods
Women's and children's shoes
Children's shoes
Women's shoes

- 1
- 4
- 1. + 2
—6
- 4
0
- 2
+ 2
-5
+ 2
+3
0
+ 3
+ 2
- 5
+ 2
+4

+ a
+ 5
+3
+ 4
+10
+ 7

4.3
4.1
4.6
3.5
3.0
2.6
4.7
l.
t4
i
U.8

4.0
3.9
4.2
3.4
2.6
2.5
4.5
3.8
4.7

71
95
58
75
132
122
142
136
145

137
184
117
126
159
154
181
181
184




- 4

1
9
8
2
5

+ 6

+11
+ 7

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MONTHLY DBPARHiENT STORE SA1£S AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continue*)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER

II

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
a year a;
sp
Saiesr during Stocks sales 1/
xl/)
(end of
month) September . Sep)
(Stocks
Sales|
SepW Jan--Sept. Sept.

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women's, misses1 coats & euits
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 •
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings and hats
Boys' wear
Men's & boys' shoes, slippers
HCMEPURNISHINGS' .. • .
.

- 3
-13
-lit
-12
- 3
- 2•
- 5

+ 3
- 3
- 4
- 1
+ 4
> 3
+ 5

+ 8
+ 7
+ 5
+11
+10
+ 9
+10

+ 2
' 5
+
- l
- 2
•11
- 3

+ 1
+ 3
0
+ 6
+ 4
+ 6

+12
+15.
+11
+ 8
+ 5
0

1.8
1.4
2.3
2.6
2.0
5.1

1.7
1.3
2.1
2.3
2.2
5.0

115
115
117
156
98
101

140
130
148
200
106
133

+ 6

5.6 5.0

93

162

+
+
+
•

6.7
5.6
4.1
6.1

5*9 96
5.0 77
3.6 125
5.8 118

180
149
159
165
125

—6

0

- 6
—6
- 8
0

+ 1
-.1

+ 3
. 3
+

121
'••2.5 2.2
2.9 2.3 92
2.9 2.4 91
2.5 2.0 90
2.3 2.1 137
1.9 1.8 120
2.7 2.3 156

7
6
6
7

161
157
169
116
183
165
198

+ 2

0

+ 3

3.9 3.9 111

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

+ 1
+ 4
+ 2
• 1
* 1
+12

+ 1
0
+ 2
0
' 1
+
• 1

+ 2
+ 3
+ 2
+ 2
+ 3
-6

3.7
1.6
4.54.1
4.0
3.9

3.7
1.7
4.5
4.0
3.9
U.6

126
149
117
101
98
60

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

0
-3
+ 5
* l
+ 4
+ 4

-3

+ u":
+ 3
*4
-10
+ 3

4.6
4.1
7.3
2.2
3.7
6.6

4.4
3.9
7.4
2.4
3.8
6.4

102 , 127
91 V121
108
137
83
87
122
m
.
100
165

+ 5
+ 2
. +10

+1%
+ 7
+13

2.8 ,2.7 134
2.2 2.1 145
4.3 U.1 88

+ 4

>9

Radios, phonographs, television^
pianos, records, sheetmusic, instr. + 7
Radios, phonographs, television
• 6
Records, sheet music, instr.
• 7
MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.

+ 1

Toys, games, sporting goods, cameras
0
Toys and games
- 4
Sporting goods and cameras
* 7
Luggage
-3
Candy
• 2




- 1

+

3
-4
0
+ 2

*
+
+
+

5
3
9
1
3

. +10
+11
+10
+

?

+14

4.4 4.1
6.9
; 7.5
5"
.8
5.3
1.3

126
141
121
114 .
112
65

129
123
108

65

6.3 98
6^6 <6
6.0 110
4.9 77
1.2 07

192
218
156
132
106

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Page 4
MONTHLY DEPAR3MEHT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER

\

"

Department

age from
Percentage chai
corresponding period Ratio of
t
stocks to
a year a5°
[Stocks sales 3/
Sales^during (end of
Sept. | Jan.-sgfc,

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL

-4

0

Domestics and blankets

- 2

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear

-5

Unadjusted
indexes
(l947-42/%
av.»100=r)
r
ET
125

+ 4

2.5 2.3 104

- 2

o

2.9 2.9 104

122

0

+ 6

2.0 1.8 102

124

-3
- 9
- 1
-12
+ 2
- 2
-10
- 8
+ 4

+ 1
-4
+ 2
-3
+ 1
-5
+ 3
+ 1
- 4

+ 4
0
+ 7
+ 6
+10
+12
+10
• 8
0

2.7
2.4
2.8
2.1
1.2
1.7
2.0
2.2
2;5

125

Men's and boys' wear

- 7

+ 2

+ 6

3.1 2.7 113

148

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

-5
-5
- 6
-12

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

3.2
3.4
3.1
2.6

2.9 105
3.0 118
2.8 96
2.2 141

144
154
135
159

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

Hrmefurnishings

,

0

2
2
1
4

6
5
7
5

- 3

- l

Shoes

—6

0

+ 2

+ 4

y

Barber and beauty shop

+: 2

+ l

y

%

Hi
111
94
157
164
149
y

97

110

3.5 3.4 113

- 1

NONMERCHAinitSE TOTAL

2.5 95
2.2
2.6
1.7 78
1.1 82
1.5 153
1.7 140
1.9 149
2.7 y

124

3.1 3.1

-

y

y

112

y

y

y

105

y

1/ 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 months1 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 1910-1952, 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.
Botes—Based on reports from a group of large department, stores located in various
cities throughout the country. In 1956, sales and stocks at these stores account* jhr 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. ,