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FOR IMMEDIATE SBIEASB
bejptember 15, 1958.
MCNTHLT LEPAflD^HT STORE SAI£S AND STOCKS, BT DEPARTMENTS
UNITED STATES - JULY 1956
(Based on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts)
Summary by S e l e c t e d Department Groups

Main S t o r e •

i

x'j.ece
Women's
Men's
goods
Home
apparel
and
and
f u r n i s h - houseand
boys'
i n g s j hold
acceswear
sories
i
1 textiles

Main
store
total

Basement
store
total

Small Miscelwares laneous

SALES INDEXES (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average monthly s a l e s * 100)

•

107
102
81

74

97
125
72

115
111
99

105
120
111
92
78

77
98
98
ia
77

105
96
.115
108
104

101
99
106
97
87

112
108
109
90
79

82
88
97
114
80

104
98
112
103
104

?i

Mar. 1957
Apr. 1957
m
1957
June 1957
J u l y 1957
Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July

109

: 9k

104
108
99
86

May 1956
June 1956
J u l y 1956

;

1958
1958
1958
1958
1958

89
75
80

•

9?
97
110
100
84

81
94
99
.105
91

:

74

;

94
103
83

77.
73
89
72
81

^

108
103
80

98
97
111 •
103
87

92
. 91
102
105
95

98
100
103
* 96
' 79

P
«4

72
84

108
107
77
94
111
107
102
79

. STOCKS INDEX] (Unadjusted, 1947-49 average of end-of-pionth stocks t * 1 0 0 )
2S
May 1956
June 1956
J u l y 1956

130
121
119

Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July

1957
1957
1957
1957
1957

138
139
1)6
128
126

Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July

1958 . .
1958'
1958
1958
1958

.

135^
135
132
126
123

131
119
122

11*3
127
121

129
if4
120

112
107
110

128
122
H7

121
116
114

118
108
104

li8

145
149
152
137
128

133
,136
235
129
123

118
119
116
112
115

132
13B
134
129
124.

124
123
126
122
121

122
122
121
110
107

132
138
335
139
124

123
124
127
124
123

118
120
117
108
105

4.6
4.6
• 4.5

3.4
. 3.4
3.3

2.8
2.8
2.7

ia

139
127
132
•'

m

na
11*7
147
133
125

X32-'
132
130
127
119

115
114
112
1P8
110

3,5
3.5
3.4

5.4
5,3
5.0

4.0
4.0
3.8

3.9

11*1
134
125
129

.

RATIO OF STOCKS TO SALES
J u l y 1956
J u l y 1957
J u l y 1958

.

U.o

4.0
3.8

4.2:
4.2

Figures f o r departments w i t h i n groups given on f o l l o w i n g pages.




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MCKTHLI DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, E T DEPARTMENTS
O
UNITED STATES - JULY 1958

Department

Percentage clismge from
corresponding p e r i o d
a year agso
Stocks
S a l e s during (end of
period
month)
July
Julyl J a n - J u l y

R a t i o of Unadjusted
stocks t o indexes
s a l e s 1 / (1947-49.
av.-lOcS/)
July
July
SalesjStocks
195811957

GRAND TOTAL-entire s t o r e

+ 2

- 2

- 2

3.6

3.7

—

—

MAIN STORE TOTAL

+ 2

- 2

- 2

3.8

4.0

87

123

PIECE GOODS, HOUSEHOLD TEXTHES

+ 4

- 2

- 4

3.9

4.2

84

110

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

•
-

- 4
- 2

- 4

5.1
6.1
6.4
3.4

45
35
31
83

83
73
81
112

Household t e x t i l e s
Linens and towels
Domestics—muslins , s h e e t i n g s
Blankets, comforters, spreads
SHALL WARES

2
1
5
3

— 6

-5

- 5
••2

5.0
5.8
7.6
3.6

+ 5
+ 2
+ 9

+6

- 2
- 3
0
- 1

-4
- 2
- 5

- 6

3.5
4.2
2.7
3.8

3.8
4.4
3.1
4.2

111
101
137
104

123
116
145
125

+ 3

+ 2

0

4.5

4.6

87

124

-6

-3

Laces, trimmings, embroideries,
and ribbons
Notions
T o i l e t a r t i c l e s , drug s u n d r i e s

+ 2
• 2

- 8

0
• 5

0
0
• 2

5.5
4.2
3.7

5.1
4.2
3.7

64
93
108

111
140
121

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

+
+
+
-

4
4
7
4

+ 1
- 4
+ 6
0

- 1
— 6
0
• 6

5.9
7.4
3.5
10.6

6.2
8.1
3.7
9.5

72
74
77
66

125
146
111
114

Art needlework
Books and s t a t i o n e r y
Books and magazines
Stationery

0
+ 1
•- 1
+ 2

* 2
0
• 3

* 2

-5
3
+ 4
• 3

5.4
4.4
3.5
4.8

5.7
4.3
3.3
4.8

63
81
83
79

115
134

WOMEN'S APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

+ 1

-3

- 2

3.4

3.5

79

129

Women's a c c e s s o r i e s
Neckwear and s c a r f s
Handkerchiefs
Millinery
Women's and c h i l d r e n ' s gloves
Corsets and b r a s s i e r e s
Women's, c h i l d r e n ' s h o s i e r y

+ 1
- 2
- 4

- 2
- 8

- 1

4.1 4.1
2 . 8 2.9
4 . 6 4.7
1.9 2.0
8.8 9.6
3 . 1 3.4
3.9 3.9

77
85
38
39
34
136
53

129
132
58
70
84
162
119

3.0 3.1
3.2 3.1
3.2 3 . 2
2.4 2.4
4.0 4.0
3 . 1 3.3
6.4 6.3
6.9 7 . 1
6.2 6.2

75
95
67
71
85
76
90
79
93

105
140
95
86
139
118
158
165
155

Underwear, s l i p s , and n e g l i g e e s .
Knit underwear
S i l k & muslin underwear, s l i p s
Negligees, r o b e s , l o u n g . a p p a r e l
I n f a n t s ' wear
Handbags, small l e a t h e r goods
Women's and c h i l d r e n ' s shoes
C h i l d r e n ' s shoes
Women's shoes




*>

- 6

• 2
* 7
- 1

+
-

5
4
1
1

- 3
-5
-4
0
• i
+ 2
• 2
• 3
• 3

- 3
-5
- 2
0
• 1
+ 1
+ 1

— 6

-5

- 6

- 5
- 2

- 6

- 1
- 1
- 4
- 2

-5

- 2
- 1
-3
+ 2
0
+ 3

99
129

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G.7.3

MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES AND STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STATES - JULY 1958
Percentage change from
corresponding p e r i o d
a year ago
btocks
Sales during
(end of
period
month)
J u l y | Jia n . - J u l y j J u l y .

Department

Ratio of Unadjusted
stocks t o indexes
s a l e s 1 / (19U7-U9
a v . =100 2/ .
July
July
1 9 5 0 H 9 5 7 SalesIStocks

W(MEN'S APPAREL, ACCESSORIES (Cant.)
Yemen's a p p a r e l
iicmen's, misses 1 coats & s u i t s
A omen's, misses 1 c o a t s
Women's, m i s s e s ' s u i t s
J u n i o r s ' and g i r l s ' wear
Juniors' coats, s u i t s , dresses
G i r l s ' wear

+ 1
+ 6
+12
- 3
+ 1
- U
+ 5

ill omen's and m i s s e s ' d r e s s e s
Inexpensive dresses
B e t t e r dresses
Blouses, s k i r t s , sportswear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Furs

- 2
0
- 5
+ i
+ 3
•12

MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR
Men's
Men's
Boys'
Men's

clothing
f u r n i s h i n g s and h a t s
wear
& boys' shoes, s l i p p e r s

HCMEFURNISHINGS

» U

- 6
0
5
U
5
2
3
+ 7
^

81
35
36
35
84
76
95

130
104
11U
76
162
13J
181

1.9
l.U
2,5
2.4 2 . 6
1.6 1.6
9.2 10.0

80
89
74
128
115
52

102
102
10U
153
101
132

U.O

3.2
2.U
U.o

- 1
+ 2
- 3

-

2.9
5.3
5»6
U.6
3.3
2.U
4.2

2.8
4.7
4.9

- 3
- 5
0
-16
- 1
- 1
- 1

- 3
- 3
0
-10
- 3

,

0
+ 3

- 9

1.9
1.4
2.6

- 2

- 3

5.0

5.3

* 80

125

+ 6
+ 2
+ 5
+ 1

+

- u
- U
0
+ 1

5.2
U.2
5.9
6.6

5.7'
U.5
6.2
6.6

86
77
72
96

130
114
130
144

3
3
1
2

+ 1

- 2

- 3

3.8

U.o

104

119

F u r n i t u r e and bedding
M a t t r e s s e s , s p r i n g s , s t u d i o beds
Upholstered, other f u r n i t u r e
domestic f l o o r coverings
Rugs and c a r p e t s
Linoleum

+

5
2
5
2
3
6

-

6
8 5
3
U
U

3.3
l.U
U.o
5.0
U.9

3.U
1.5
U.2
5.3

-3

-

u.u

U.U

130
158
121
73
76
57

120
132
119
101
HI
66

D r a p e r i e s , c u r t a i n s , upholstery
Lamps and shades
China and glassware
Major household appliances
Housewares ( i n c l . small a p p l i a n c e s )
G i f t shop

- 2
+ 2
+ 2
0

-

U
3
U
5

-

3
2
3
U
2

5.2

+ 1

5,1
U.7
8.5
1.6
3.6
6.3

U.8
9.0
1.6
3.8
6.4

81
71
63
111
120
97

115
111
130
93
136
15U

+ 7
+ 6
+ 7

5.0

2.9

3.U
2.9
U.6

101
99
112

133
121
15U

+

2

3.3

3.U

95

123

3
+ 2
+ 3
- 2
+ 3

U.5
. 5.3
3.7
3.6
l.U

U.6
5.3
3.9
3.U
1.U

98"
71
1U7
107
78

1U5
151
1U0
127
98

2
2
2
2

+ 1

•6

+

MISCELLANEOUS MERCHANDISE DEPTS.

*




2

+ 3
0

U

Toys, games, s p o r t i n g goods, cameras + 5
Toys and games
2
+ 8
Sporting goods and cameras
Luggage
9
Candy
• 7

u

+

Radios, phonographs, t e l e v i s i o n ,
p i a n o s , r e c o r d s , sheetmusic, i n s t r . 4 It
Radios, phonographs, t e l e v i s i o n
•* 9
Records, sheet music, i n s t r .
- 3

2

+

• U

+

.

u

* 3
- U
+10
- 8
+ 6

.

4

3.5

5.1

0.7.3

'
kCfcTHLY DEPARTMENT Sl'ORb SAIES ANf STOCKS, BY DEPARTMENTS (Continued)
UNITED STAT&S - JULY 1958

Department

Percentage charige from
corresponding p e r i o d
. a year ag 0
stocks
S a l e s during (end of
period
month)
July
July|Jan-July
-u

- 2

2.7

2.7

79

105

- 3

- h

2.8

2.9

101

113

- 1

— 6

- 2

2.2

2.3

7U

103

0
+ 3
- 1
+ 8
- 7
+ 1
+ 3
- 2
-7

- U
- 1
- u
- 7
-13
- 3
- U
- u
- 3

- U

11U
3/

1.2
1.6
3.1
3.5
1.8

2.5
3.0
2.U
U.6
1.2
1.7
3.0
3.5
1.8

96
3/

- 5
0
-- 5
3
* 6
- 3
- 7

2.U
2.8
2.3

26
7U
119
82
80
3/

83
119
1U8
131
3/

+ k

- 1

+ 1

2.9

3.0

92

117

+
+
+
+

+
-

0
- 1
+ 1
+ 2

2.8
3.0

2.8
3.3
2.5
3.7

95
102
93
89

115
12U
105
138

EASEMENT STORE TOTAL

0

Domestics and b l a n k e t s

0

1

Slicmen's, misses ready-to-wear
Intimate apparel
Hosiery
Underwear, c o r s e t s & b r a s s i e r e s
Coats and s u i t s
Dresses
Blouses, s k i r t s , and sportswear
G i r l s ' wear
I n f a n t s ' wear
Aprons, housedresses, uniforms
Men's and boys' wear
Men's wear
Men's c l o t h i n g
Men's f u r n i s h i n g s
Boys' wear

Ratio of Unadjusted
s t o c k s t o indexes
s a l e s 1 / (19U7-U2,
av. e 10Q£'
July
July
195o11957 p a l e s IStocks

3
7
1
7

1
2
3
2

k.2

3>

y

V

%

- 7

-5

- h

3.9

3.8

69

10U

0

- l

0

k.o

U.o

82

109

NONMERCKANDISE TOTAL

+ 7

+ 2

3/

2/

122

3/

Barber and beauty shop

+ 8

+ 1

y

3/

161

3/

Hcmefurnishings
Shoes

3/
:

3/

-

X'/ Ihe r a t i o " ' o f stocks t o s a l e s i s obtained by d i v i d i n g stocks a t t h e end of t h e
~ month by s a l e s during t h e month and hence i n d i c a t e s t h e number of months 1 supply
on hand a t the end of t h e month i n terms of s a l e s f o r t h a t month.
2 / The 19U7-U9 average of monthly s a l e s and end-of-month stocks f o r each department
i s used as t h e base i n computing s a l e s and stocks indexes, r e s p e c t i v e l y , f o r
t h a t department. For d e s c r i p t i o n of s e r i e s , see pages 1146-1# of the November
. 1953 Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n . A brochure containing back d a t a f o r t h e d e p a r t mental s e r i e s f o r t h e period 19U0-1952, i n c l u s i v e , may be obtained from t h e
Division of Administrative S e r v i c e s , Board of Governors of t h e Federal Reserve
System, Washington 25> &. G.
3 / Data not a v a i l a b l e .
K o t e B a s e d on r e p o r t s from a group of l a r g e department s t o r e s l o c a t e d i n various
: c i t i e s throughout t h e country. I n 1957> s a l e s and s t o c k s a t t h e s e s t o r e s a c counted f o r about k$ p e r cent of estimated t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s and
s t o c k s . Not a l l s t o r e y r e p o r t d a t a f o r a l l of t h e departments shown; conseq u e n t l y , t h e sample f o r t h e i n d i v i d u a l departments i s not so comprehensive as
that for the t o t a l .





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