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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 1961.

MONTHLYjDEPARTMENT STQRP
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UNITED STATES - JULY 1961
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(Based on retail dollar amounts)

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Summary by Selected Department Groups
Main Store
Women's
apparel Men's
Main
and
and
store accesboys'
total sories
wear

Home
furnishings

Piece
goods
Small Misceland
house- wares laneous
hold
textiles

Basement
store
total

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly sales = 100)
May 1959
June 1959
July 1959

109
107
•92

114
99
86

106
131
85

Mar.
Apr,
May
June
July

I960
I960
I960
I960
I960

101
118
- 108
107
88

109
137
111
102
82

82
114
100
131
83

108
105
113
111
100

Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July

1961
1961
1961
1961
1961

114
100
112
110
91

133
108
117
105
84

98
89
103
138
87

103
104
114
111
105

,

109
112
91

95
111
96

104
104
81

76
75
83
75
84

102
108
113
115
88

83
103
95
111
91:

92
118
98
102
76

76
76
66
76
88

109
101
. 121
117
91

98
84
97
114
92

110
93
103
104
78

1
I

.

80
75
89

112
115
109

of end-of-month stocks = 100)

STOCKS INDEXES (Unadjusted,
May 1959
June 1959
July 1959

138
132
132

141
134
143

148
135
129

135
133
127

115
13.3
118

141
137

131

129
126
125

121
115
112

Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July

I960
I960
I960
I960
I960

149
148
148
140
139

165
157
154
141
148

154
156
162
147
139

143
145
145
141
134

122
123
120
119
124

144
; 151
149
143
138

129
128
134
130
128

125
125
127
118
115

Mar.
AprMay
June
July

1961
2.961
1961
19ol
1961

148
150
148
141
138

160
161
154
143
149

156
163
164
148
139

141
141
142
139
131

122
121
120
119
123

146
154
151
147
141

127
130
134
. 132
129

. 120
125
123
116
111

3.5
3.7
3.6

4.8
5.2
5.0

3.9
4.5
4.1

4.0
4.4
4.1

4.5
4.8
4.8

3.3
3.5
3.5

2.8
3-1
2.9

-

1

RATIO CF STOCKS TO SALES
July .1959
July I960
July 1961

3-8
.4.2
4.0

Figures for departments within groups given on following pages.




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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SAXES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - JULY 1961

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a y«ar ago
Stocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
July
July 1 Jan.-Juls

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
sales 1/
Julv
Julv
196111960 Sales 1Stocks

GRAND TOTAL-entire store

+ 4

0

0

3.8

4.0

—

MAIN STORE TOTAL .

+ 4

- 1

0

4.0

4.2

91

138

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

+ 6

+ 1

0

4.1

4.3

88

123

+ 1
+ 6

0
+ 2
+ 6 .
- 1

0
0
0
- 2

3-2
6.0
7.7
3.7

44
-36
#

88
80
86
117

+
+
+
-

+
-

1
3
5
1

3.6 3.9
4.1 4.3
2.8
4.0 2 3

119
116
143
105

140
134
166
140

Piece goods
Silks, velvets, synthetics
Woolen yard goods
Cotton yard goods
Household textiles
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins, sheetings
Blankets, comforters, spreads
SMALL WARES

•:i
+
+
+
+

7
7
9
3

1
1
2
1

—

+ 3

+ 1

+ 2

4.8 4.8

91

141

- 2

5.5
4.5
4.0

5.3
4.6
3.9

66
93
114

118
155
140

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

+ 3
+ 2

- 5
- 2
+ 1

+ 2
+ 1
+ 4

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

+
+
+
+

3
4
1
8

+ 1
- 4
+ 4
+•1

+
+
+

3
1
6
4

6.3
8.0
3.9
10.5

6.3
8.3
3.7
10.9

Art needlework
Books and stationery
Books and magazines
Stationery

+
+
+
+

6
4
5
2

+ 4
0
+ 1
0

+ 3
+ 1
+ 3
0

5.5
4.7
3.6
5.2

4.8
3.7
5.3

5.6

69
86
96
81

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

^ + 2

0

0

3.6

3.7

84

149

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

+
+
-

- 1

+ 1

,: 4.4 4.4
78
. 3.0 3-0 88
34
5.2 5-3
2.4 2.0
37
8.8 8.6
36
3-5 3-5 143
4.4 4.5
54

145
147
59
85
94
199
136

76
3.4
3.5 100
67
3A
2.8
70
85
4.3
81
3.4
6.6
91
80
7.7
6.4
94

116
159
105

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
3
5

+ 6

+ 4
:+ 1

+ 1
+ 3
+ 1
0
+ 1
+1
-2
0
- 2

- 2

- 6
0
+10

+ 2

+ 1

- 1
0
- 1
+ 3

. -2
- 2
- 3
- 1
- 3

0
- 4
+16
+ 9
+ 6
- 3
- 3
- 2
0
-12
+ 1
1
+ 1
+ 1
+ 1

.

3.2
3-3
3.4
2.5
4.3
3.3
6.8
7.7
6.6

143
76
157
73
82
136
79 . 134
109
147
139
150

91

154
137
175
189
171

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATfiS - JULY 1961

M
M

Department

Percentage chai
nge from
corresponding period Ratio of
i
a Year a iO
stocks to
Stocks sales 1/
Sales during (end of
period
month) Julv
Julv
Julvl Jan.-Julv Julv
196111960 SalfcslStocks

WOMEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cont.)
Women's apparel
Women's, misses' coats and suits
Women's, misses' coats
Women's, misses' suits
Juniors1 and girls' wear
Juniors' coats, suits, dresses
Girls' wear

+ 4
+ 8
+12
+ 2
+ 4
+ 5
+ 3 •

1
5
7
2
0
+ 3
- 3

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

H0MEFURNI3HINGS

1
1
1
6
2
+18

+
+
+
+

4
5
3
2

+ 5

0

- 1
0
0
- 1

+ 2
- 2
0
0

-3

+
+
+
+
+
+

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

+ 1
0
+ 1
+ 9
+ 7
- 1

-

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

+ 7
+ 7
+ 5

+ 4
+ 5
+ 3

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




2.1 2.0
1.6 1.5

0

Furniture and bedding
Mattresses, springs, studio beds
Upholstered, other furniture
Domestic floor coverings
1
Rugs and carpets
Linoleum

4
5
5
6
6
3

2.9
•5,0
5.1
4.4
3.2
2.4
4.0

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

1
1
1
1
4
5

+ 4
+
+
+
+

0
- 2
- 2
-6
- 1
+ 3
- 3

, - 4
- 5
- 3
- 3
- 2
-12

2

4
6 .
4
1
5

+ 1

0

+ 3
+ 8
0
- 1
+ 2

- 1
0

- 1

+ 4
+ 1

3.0
5.5
5.8
4.8
3-3
2.4
4.3

90
36
36
33
100
95

154
112
119
81
194
171
213

8?
96
84
149

131
135
132

106

2.9
2.4

1.8 1.8

49

5^0 5.2

154

87

6.1

- 2

4.1

4.4

105

131

6
4
5
1
1
5

3.6

3.9
1.6 1.7
4.4 4.9
4.8 5.1
4.6 4.9
5*2 5.6

128

7.2

92
82

139

5.3
4.2
5.8
7.0

-

5.3
4.5

3S

112

11.0 12.8

83

104

143
125
150

168

50

131
152
131
105
115
67

4.1 4.5
7.6 7.3

1.8 2 1
.

84
67
82
109
113
97

120
127
139
103
149
189

3.7 3.8
3.1 3.1
5.2 5.4

124
121
129

172
163
188

+ 1

3.5; 3.5

92

129

+
+
+

4.6 4.7
5.3 5.7
3.9 4.0
4.1 4.1
1.4 1.4

99
70
153
101

155
153
159
138

- 2
0
- 1
- 7
- 1
+ 4
+ 4
+ 6
+ 1

1
2
1
1
5

5.0
5.6
9.1

5.2
5.7
9.3

156

122
79
, 81

82

111

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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE GALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - JULY 1961

Department

Percentage change from
corresponding period
a year aeo
Stocks
Sales during (end of
period
month)
JulviJan.-Jul/ Julv

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks to indexes
sales 1/ (1947-49 .
av.=100
)
July
Julv
196111960 Sales (Stocks

BASEMENT STORE TOTAL

+ 3

0

- 3

2.9

3.0

78

111

Domestics and blankets.

+ 4

0

- 5

3.0

3.3

97

116

Women's, misses' ready-to-wear
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
.Boys1 wear
.

+ 3

- 1

- 2

2.4

2.5

73

110

+ 4
+ 3
+ 5
+11
0
+ 3
+ 6
+ 1
- 3

+
+
+
+
-

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

2.6
3.2
2.5
4.0
1.4
1.7
3-0
3.7
1.9

2.8
3.2
2.7
4.4
1.3
1.9
3.3
3.8
2.1

97
2/
2/
27
76
115
85
76
2/

129
2/
2/
80
100
123
154
134
2/

3-2 3.4 .

1
2
1
7
3
3
1
3
4

+ 4

+ 1

- 4

+
+
+
+

+
+
+
+

-

4
4
4
6

1
2
1
1

4
4
3
3

•

9 2

125

3.0 3-3 . 92
96
3-5. 3.7
92
2.7 2.9
. 96
3,5 3.9

123
135
113
149

Homefurnishings .

+ 6

- 1

- 3

4.0 4.3

68

105

Shoes

+ 1

- 2

- 1

4.5 4.5

79

45

NONMERCHANDISE TOTAL

+ 4

+. 2

Barber and beauty shop

+ 3

+ 1

21:
' 3/

2/

2/

126

2/

2/

2/

167

2/

1/ The ratio of stocks to sales is obtained by dividing stocks at the end of the
month try 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.
2J 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 cent of estimated total department store
sales and stocks. Not all stores report data.for all of the departments
shown; consequently, the saafple for the individual departments is not so
comprehensive as that for the total.