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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
G.7.U.2
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REFERENCE L i D ^ r,
FEDERAL R E S E R V E ? * • '

OF CHICAGO

aRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A p r i l 3 , 1956

;-.o A 1956

MONTHLY DEP-ARlilENf STORE STOCKS
( b a s e d on
dBlSBSVfaaomits)
RAHi< OF CHICAGO
1 9 56

Department s t o r e stocks a t t h e end of
February showed a s l i g h t f u r t h e r increase from
the l e v e l of t h e preceding month a f t e r allowance
f o r the usual seasonal change. The a d j u s t e d
index i s estimated at 138 per cent of t h e 191+7b9 average, compared with 137 f o r January, The
value of stocks continued a t a record l e v e l , 11
per cent g r e a t e r than f o r February l a s t y e a r .

Federal Reserve
District

Percentage change
Index Numbers
(average end-of-month stocks 191+7-1+9 =100) February 1956 from
Unadjusted
"Seasonally adij usted
M /n" 4 V Year
•*) *
iViOllWl i
1956
1956
1955
1955
ago
ago
Feb.
Feb.} Jctll •
Feb.
Feb. | J a n .
128
121+
131
121+

121+
122
rl32
123

118
rlli+
117
111+

120
116
125
119

113
108
rll5
110

Ill
rl07
112
109

+
+
+
+

6
8
9
8

+ 8
+ 9
+12
+ 9

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis

162
pl6l+
131
137

160
158
131
138

rll+5
11+7
118
120

150
pl62
121+
130

11+3
11+6
118
120

rl3l+
1U5
rll3
111+

+ 5
+11
+ 5
+ 8

+12
+12
+10
+11+

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

132
pli+8
pi58
piU?

133
11+8
158
11+9

116
129
rll+O
rl28

127
pll+3
pl51+
P136

rl22
133
11+0
131

111
rl26
rl35
rll9

+
+
+
+

1
+
8
9
1
+

+11+
+ll+
+13
+15

pl38

137

rl2l+

P131

122

117

* + 7

+11

Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

United S t a t e s

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
Note:—Indexes are based on value of stocks a t end of month. For d e s c r i p t i o n and
monthly indexes f o r t h e period January 1919 to October 1951 see Federal Reserve.
B u l l e t i n f o r December 1951, pp. 11+63-1515. Indexes f o r t h e most recent
,
thirteen-month period are shown r e g u l a r l y in t h e B u l l e t i n . Percentage changes
are based on unadjusted indexes.