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FEDERAL

. RESERVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 1962

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!HLY [DEPARTIXFT STORE SaLSj AND STOCKS, BY .DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1962
(Based on retail dollar amounts)

. 2)
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Summary by Selected Department Groups

€* BlCHfcCNl)

Main Store

Main
store
total

Women's
apparel
and
accessories

Hen' s
and
boys'

Home
furnishings

Piece •
goods
and
Small
house- wares
hold
textiles

Basement
store
total

Miscellaneous

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100)
July
Aug.
Sept.

83
92

84

88

112

103
113

I960

88

82

I960

105
113

107
124

100

114

112
110

11?

103

114

138

111

87
96
101

105
113
118

116
134
83
99
105

119
111
107
11&
118

May
June
July
Aug.
Sept.

118
109
94
109
116

125
104
89
112
128

1962
1962
1962
1962
1962

108

.

84

106

97
114
92
91
84

104
78
103
103

123
119
95
108
113

86
76
92
112
84

114

105
84
110
123

91

112

91
89
•83

117
91
105
115

86
76
88
114
84

I960

May
1961
June
1961
July
1961
Aug.
1961
Sept. .1961

100

98
114
94
94
84

121

76
100

103

•

107
101
78
103
106

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947.49 average of end-of-month stocks = 100)
I960
I960
I960

139
145
157

148
165
179

139
156
179

134
131
137

124
119
127

138
138
147

Hay
July
Aug.
Sept.

1961
1961
1961
19?1
1961

148
141
138
145
158

154.
143
149
181

164
148
139
155
177

142
139
131
128
134

120 " 1
.
119
123
119
129

151
147
141
141
150

Kay
June
July
Aug.
Sept.

1962
1962
1962
1962
1962

158
152
149
155
170

167
159
164
181
198

172
159
151
166
192

149
146
137
135
142

126
126
126
122
133

5.6
5*4
5.6

4.1
3.84.1

4.5
4.6
4.7

166

"

128
131
153

115
121
134

134
132
129
132
153

123
116
111
120
136

165
158
152
150
l6l

146
142
139
144
166

133
127
124
. ' 129
146

4.1
4.1
4.4

4.5
4.4
4.6

2.6
2.7
2.8

'

G

1
1

RATIO

Sept.
Sept.
Sept.

8

July
Aug.
Sept.

I960
1961
1962

3.8
3.7
3.9

3.0
3.1
3.2

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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MONTHLY DEPARTS?IT STOffi SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - 3EPT3M3ER 1962

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a year ago
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
• . period
month)
Sept. IJarvoept.l dept.

Department

Ratio of Unadjusted
indexes
.stocks to
sales 1/ (1947-49,,
av.=100 2/)
Sept.
ept.
196211961 Sales I Stocks

GRAMD TOTAL-entire store

+ 2

+ 4

•
• •• + 8

3.7

MAIN STOjffi TOTaL

+ 2

+ 4

+ 8

3.9

3.7

116

170

0

84

133

+JL

+ 3

4.7

4.6

Piece goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
'foolen yard goods
Cotton yard goods

0.
+ 3
> 3
- 4

0
+ 1
+ 3
- 2

+
+
+
+

4
8
2
1

4.2
4.3
2.8
4.8

66 102
4.1
4.6
55 100
2.8 . 115 112
4.6
56 112

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

0
- 2
- 1
+ 4

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

3
2
4
4

4.8
5.3
4.8
3.9

4.6
5.1
4.5
3.9

95
87
93
117

148
137
175
146

- 2

+ 3

+ 3

4.4

4.1

113

161

o
- 2
'+1

+ 1
+ 2
+ 5

+ 5
+ 6
+ 5

5.0
4.1
3.8

4.3
3.8
3.7

78
114
131

123
171
151

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

-10
- 8
-14
0

1
3
8
+12 '

+11
+ 9
+12
+13

6.4
8.0
4.4
9.7

5.2
6.8
3.4
8.6

94
79
100
119

174
173
180
183

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+12
- 3
- 7
- 2

9
+ 3
+ 2
+ 3

+ 4
+ 9+11
+ 8

4.0
4.0
3.7
4.2

4.3
3.5
3.1
3.9

110
121
113
125

128
177
160
187

+ 4

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES
:

SMALL MARES
Laces, trimmings, embroideries?
and ribbons
Motions
Toilet articles, drug sundries

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

^

2
2
2
1

+ 4

+ 9

3.2

3.0

128

198

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

+
+
-

1
4
5
1
0
+ 3
+ 5

+ 3
+ 2
- 3
0
+ 7
+ 6
+ 3

+ 9
+ 4
+ 6
+11
+27
+10
+ 8

3.9
3.2
5.7
1.2
7.4
- 3-6
3.3

3.6
3.2
5.1
1.1
5.8
3.3
3.2

118
121
38
121
90
165
89

192
203
74
150
189
231
169

Underwear, slips, and negligees
Knit underwear
• Silk & muslin underwear, slips
' Negligees, robes, loung.. apparel
Infants' wear
Handbags, small leather goods
'fomfen's and children's shoes
Children's shoes
'/omen's shoes

0
i
3
7
2
0
+ 1
- 4
+ 3

+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+

+ 6
+ 7
+ 5
+12
+ 6
+10
+ .8
+ 9
+ 8

4.5
4.4
4.7
3.6
3-3
2.9
5-1
4.9
5.1

4.2
75
4.1
102
60
4.4
3.4 • 81
136
3.1
2.6
136
4.3
157
146
4.3
161
4.9

15F
21C
136
150
188
193
227
230
230




+
+

3
4
1
5 '
2
3 .
2
1
3

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MONTHLY DEPART - 3'T STORS SALES AMD STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1962

Department

Percentage change from
tatio of
corresponding period
a year ago
stocks to
Stocks sales 1/
Sales during
(end of
period
Sept.
month)
5eot. I J3fl
* Sept. 196211961

Unadjusted
indexes
(1947-49 .
av.=100 2/)
Sept.
Sales 1Stocks

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
/omen's apparel
vlomen1 s, misses' coats and suits
/omen'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 A?ID BOYS' '-'EAR
Hen's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
furnishings and hats
wear
& boys' shoes, slippers

6
+ 6
6
+ 2
+ 4
9
. - 1
3
+ 6
5
+ 6
5
+ 6
5

+10
2.6
+ 6
3.1
+ 8 . 3.1
3.0
+ .5
+13
2.5
2.1
+13
+12
3.0

2.5
3.1
3.2
2.7
2.4
1.9
2.8

138
100
104
30
161
147
178

206
183
205
122
245
226
261

+ 3
+ 3
+ 2
+12
- 4
- 2

+ 5
+ 7
+ 4
+10
+ 5
- 8

2.1
+13
+ 5 • 1.7
•
+12
2.8
+10
2.6
+12
2.1
+ 5;
6.5

1.9 134
1.5 138
2.5 128
2.6 184
1.8 114
6.1 * 9 4

194
194
195
244
132
176

+ 4

+ 5

+ 8

5.6

5.4

+ 7
+ 3
+ 3
0

+
+
+
+

+ 8
+ 6
+13
+11

6.6
5.5
4.3
6.6

6.5 107
•34
5.4
3.9 145
6.0 . 13&

20 7
169

+ 4

+ 6

4.1

3.8

118

142

4
3
5
4
3
4

+
+
+
+
+
+

3,6
1.5
4.4
3.6
3.5
4.7

131
151
124
109
105
46

138
149
137
116
111
62

2
3
4
4
1
1

+ 3
+ 5
+ 5
+10
+ 5
+ 7

4.5
4.6
2.3
4.0
8.0

4.5
4.5
8.1.
1.9
3.8
7.4

102
90
104
87
126
105

133
142
152
99
162
215

+13
+12
+15

3.0
2.4
5.0

2.7 187
2.1 207
4.4: 106

202
201
• 156

+ 9

4.8

4.4

84

166

7.9
9.9
5.8
5.5
1.3

31
7.2
3.7
57
131
5.5
80
5.1
1.3 .100

217
232
194
149
127

0

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

+ 3
- 2

+
+
+
+
+
+

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

+ 3
+ 1
+ 5
-10
- l
- 2

+
+
+
+
+
+

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

+ 1
0
+ 3

+

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




0
0
+ 1
+

2

0
- 2
- 5
+ 1
0
+ 6

6
4
5
5

+11
+11
8

+ 2
+
+
+
+
+

2
1
4
4
4

.

+
+
.+
+
+

6
3.8
8
1.6
• 4.6
7
4
3.7
3
3-5
1 , 4.8

a
3
8
8
6

8.2

105

192

203

214

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HOFTHLY PSFv.RTibiT STORE S/Jv^J AFD oTOCKb, BY BSPARTliENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1962

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a year ago
utocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
Sept.! u an
Sftpt.
I

Ratio of Unadjusted
indexes
stocks to
(1947-49 ,
sales 1/
av.=100 2/)
Sect.
Sept.
196211961 Sales I Stocks

BASSiENT STORE TOTAL

+ 3

+ 2

+ 7

2.8

2.7

106

146

Domestics and blankets

+ 2

+ 2

+ 8

3.6

3.4

90

133

'[omen's, misses' ready-to-wear

+ 4

+ 2

+ 9

2.3

2.2

105

148

+ 1
+ 1
+ 1
+14
- 1
+12
+ 4
+ 4
- 7

+
+
+
+
+
+
+

+ 3
+ 6
+ 9
+ 8
+13
+ 9
+ 6
+ 6
+10

3-P
2.9
3.1
2.1
1.5
1.9
2.3
2.7
2.5

2.8
2.6
2.9
2.2
1.3
1.9
2.3
2.6
2.1

100
3/

154
i/
3/
127
128
176
206
173 .
3/

3.5

3.4

123

186

113
128
102
162

180
199
166
208

Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, corsets
brassieres
Coats and suits
Dresses
Blouses, skirts, and soortsvrear
Girls' wear
Infants' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Hen's and boys' wear
iien's wear
Men's clothing
Men's furnishings
Boys' '.rear

2
2
3
1
3
8
2
0
0

+ 5_

+ 4

+

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

4
4
4
4

+
+
+
+

8
8
9
9

3.3
4.3
3.7
2.6

3.2
4.1
3.6
2.5
3.3

36

109
144

5
5
6
4

>

2/
36
85
152
148
141
3/

Homefurnishings

+ 1

0

+ 5

3.4

Shoes

+ 2

+ 1

+ 5

3.6

3.5

124

0

+ 3

2/

2l

2/

126

2/

- 6

+ 2

2l

2l

116

21

NONMEiiCmroiSS TOTAL
Barber and beauty shop

•

2/

1/ The ratio of stocks to sales is obtained by -Jividing 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 contairfyng back data for
the departmental series for the period 1940-1^52, inclusive, may be obtained
from the Division of Administrative ^erviccsj Board of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System, Washington 25, D. C.
Data not available.
Note:—Based on reports from a group of large department stores located in
various cities throughout the country. In 1961, sales and stocks at these
stores accounted for about 40 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.